Storm Water Maintenance is responsible for cleaning the 135 miles of storm water pipes as well as the 1,700 catch basins that can fill with rain, trash or materials from residents and businesses. This function is extremely important, as without proper storm water control, areas of the City would flood during storms.
Utilities Operations is responsible for maintaining 15 runoff water pump stations. During dry weather, all water entering the nine pump stations that are located south of Garfield Avenue is diverted into the sewer system. If the run off water were not being diverted, it would have been pumped into a County channel that drains directly into the ocean. This diversion is done to help keep our ocean and beaches cleaner.