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Water Pollution Prevention
What Residents Can Do to Help

Help keep our neighborhoods, waterways and beaches clean by doing the following:

  • Put your trash where it belongs - in the trash can.
  • Pick-up after your pet when out on a walk.
  • Reduce pesticide and fertilizer use; don't overwater after application or apply if rain is in the forecast.
  • Dispose of automotive fluids and paint at a recycling center or at a free Household Hazardous/E-Waste collection event. Call (888) CleanLA or visit CleanLA for locations and additional information.
  • Report illegal dumping in storm drains and clogged catch basins, hazardous waste spills, sewer back-ups, and water line breaks to (888) CleanLA.

What the City is Doing to Reduce Water Pollution
The City of Commerce is committed to improving water quality in the L.A. River, streams, bays and the ocean. The City continues to commit resources to the following:
  • Street sweeping;
  • Trash collection;
  • Recycling;
  • Catch basin screen inserts to capture trash;
  • Catch basin stenciling to build public awareness that the drains lead to the ocean untreated;
  • Catch basin cleaning several times a year;
  • Hazardous waste management;
  • Water conservation;
  • Construction management and inspections;
  • Industrial site inspections for discharge of non-stormwater;
  • Reporting of illicit connections/discharges to the drainage system;
  • Public education for residents and businesses; 
  • Watershed coordination activities;
  • Cost-sharing of joint regional efforts;
  • Joint regional grant applications/projects; and
  • Legislative support for achievable compliance standards; and
  • Best Management Practices (BMPs) to reduce pollutants.