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Dana Point Municipal Code Chapter 15.10, Storm Water/Surface Runoff Water Quality (water quality ordinance) protects the health and safety of the waters of the State of California by effectively prohibiting discharges into the storm water drainage systems and reducing pollutant loads to the maximum extent possible. The intent of the chapter is to enhance and protect water quality in a manner that is consistent with the Clean Water Act. Code Enforcement Officers will investigate all complaints concerning water quality issues within their district. Collaboration with the Public Works Department, the Water District and the Code Enforcement Manager is highly suggested with water quality cases of increased complexity.

To help maintain the harbor and beach water quality, a comprehensive water quality program has been developed by the City’s Department of Public Works. Additional information concerning construction and irrigation runoff can be found below.

Construction Site Best Management Practices

Construction sites Best Management Practices (BMPs) are measures taken by the Owner/Builder or Contractor to protect the construction site from the discharge of pollutants to any storm drainage system. No solid waste, petroleum byproducts, soil particulate, construction waste materials, or wastewater generated on construction sites or by construction activities is allowed to be placed, conveyed or discharged into the street, gutter or storm drain system. Click here for information on BMPs (PDF).

Residential Landscape Irrigation

Improper irrigation system timing (over-watering). For further information on preventing over-watering and other water conservation ideas click here .

Public Works Water Quality

Additional information concerning the Public Works effort to comply with State regulations through their local water quality implementation plan can be found here Public Works Water Quality 

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