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Protecting Water Quality - Stormwater Quality and Urban Runoff Program


The City of Huntington Beach is known throughout the nation as one the best places to live, work and play. Our 9.5 miles of beaches are highly valued recreational resources to our residents and millions of visitors each year.

Urban runoff, the water from our yards, driveways, and streets that flows through storm drains, is the greatest single source of pollution to our beaches and harbor. Unlike sewage, urban runoff is not always treated before it reaches our beaches and local waterways.

The City is taking proactive steps to preserve and protect the quality of its waterways for the future. By improving water quality we are protecting our ocean, providing a healthy marine environment, and helping to ensure a sustainable place to live, work, and play for years to come.

Water that flows into storm drains is NOT TREATED

Runoff from homes and businesses may contain water pollution that have harmful effects on downstream creeks, rivers, bays, and the ocean, which can impair recreational use and wildlife habitat.


To Report A Spill Or Discharge:

Submit an online Service Request under the Storm Drain Non-Emergency option

Call (714) 960-8861 Monday - Friday (7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
After hours dial (714) 960 - 8825
For response to chemical spill emergencies, please dial 911
Please note the location of the complaint and a brief description and a member of our Stormwater Quality team will investigate the spill/discharge.

Suspected discharges may also be reported to the Orange County 24-Hour Water Pollution Problem Reporting Hotline 1-877-89SPILL
Orange County 24-Hour Water Pollution Problem Reporting Hotline 1-877-89SPILL




Our goal for this website is to provide recommendations/solutions for our community, including our local businesses, to help prevent water pollution. Our website is full of information and resources so you can learn on what you can do to help and join our effort to reduce and eliminate stormwater pollution in Huntington Beach.

Pollution Prevention for Construction Sites

Pollution Prevention for Businesses

Pollution Prevention for Residents

Low Impact Development


Did you know?

Planning Commission meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month. Meeting Agendas, Action Agendas, and Minutes are available to view online.

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