Stormwater Quality Program

In Your Home

  • Rinse out water-based (latex) paint brushes in the sink or dispose of them in the trash.​
  • When using chemicals, detergents and pesticides, use only the amount recommended by the manufacturer and use them according to the directions.
  • Purchase household and garden products that are "least toxic" to the environment.
  • Avoid purchasing oil-based paint.
  • Find the nearest recycling center to dispose of your hazardous waste.
  • Properly dispose of mercury containing items such as compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) and sliver mercury thermostats by taking them to a local Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) facility. For more information, visit or call (916) 875-6644.​