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City of Hemet Stormwater Program

The City of Hemet proudly joins Riverside County Watershed Protection in a partnership between Riverside County, the Flood Control & Water Conservation District, Coachella Valley Water District and 27 cities to manage watershed program focused on sustaining our natural  resources. This partnership emphasizes public education, best management practices, evaluation, and monitoring our waterways to prevent stormwater pollution and comply with all federal, state, and local  regulations.

On January 29, 2010 the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board issued a fourth-term area wide National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System Permit (MS4 Permit) to the Riverside County Flood Control and Water Conservation District (the Principal Permittee), the County of Riverside and the Cities of Beaumont, Calimesa, Canyon Lake, Corona, Hemet, Lake Elsinore, Moreno Valley, Menifee, Norco, Perris, Riverside, San Jacinto and Wildomar (Permittees). The Santa Ana MS4 Permit is for the portion of the Santa Ana River watershed located within Riverside County (Order No. R8-2010-0033, NPDES Permit No. CAS618033). The Permittees’ stormwater programs are designed to ensure compliance with this permit. On June 7, 2013 the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board amended the permit (Order No. R8-2013-0024) to include the Cities of Eastvale and Jurupa Valley.


What is an NPDES permit?

The Clean Water Act prohibits anybody from discharging "pollutants" through a "point source" into a "water of the United States" unless they have an NPDES permit. The permit will contain limits on what you can discharge, monitoring and reporting requirements, and other provisions to ensure that the discharge does not hurt water quality or people's health. In essence, the permit translates general requirements of the Clean Water Act into specific provisions tailored to the operations of each person discharging pollutants.


Do I need an NPDES permit?

It depends on where you send your pollutants. If you discharge from a point source into the waters of the United States, you need an NPDES permit. If you discharge pollutants into a municipal sanitary sewer system, you do not need an NPDES permit, but you should ask the City of Hemet about the permit requirements. If you discharge pollutants into a municipal storm sewer system, you may need a permit depending on what you discharge. You should ask the NPDES permitting authority.

Tips for Residents

In order to protect and preserve our lakes, channels and streams, we all have to do our part! The following brochures provide tips and requirements (aka Best Management Practices or (BMPs)) that can be used in daily activities to reduce pollutants and help keep the lake and streams clean.  Please note that illegal discharges are subject to enforcement actions, including fines.

Outdoor Cleaning Activities and Professional Mobile Service Providers 
Tips for a Healthy Pet and a Healthier Environment 
Guidelines for Maintaining your Swimming Pool, Jacuzzi and Garden Fountain 
Water Efficient Landscape Guide
Landscape and Gardening Guide
Suggestions for Preventing and/or Cleaning Motor Oil Spills
Riverside County Flood Control-Watershed Protection 
Kids Activity Sheet    

Tips for Businesses

In order to protect and preserve our lakes and streams, we all have to do our part! The following brochures outline the requirements and provide tips (aka Best Management Practices or (BMPs)) that can be included in daily activities to reduce pollutants to help keep our lake clean. Please note that illegal discharges are subject to enforcement actions, including fines.

A Guide for Food Service Facilities 
BMPs for Mobile Detailers 
Riverside County Flood Control - Watershed Protection
CASQA Stormwater BMP Handbook
Industrial and Commercial Facilities Best Practices 
General Construction BMP Brochure



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