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Water Conservation

Level 1 Water Shortage Rules major drought

& Tips for Reducing Water Usage



Dear Pomona Customers,

The City of Pomona is asking its customers to make water conservation a “California Way of Life”.  The City has adopted a Level I Water Shortage response that requires all customers to limit watering days, and implement other rules as follows.

Outdoor Watering Schedules - Level 1 Water Shortage:

April - October (Only water 3 days per week)

Odd Address – Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday                Addresses ending with 1, 3, 5, 7, 9

Even Address – Monday, Wednesday, and Friday                Addresses ending with 0, 2, 4, 6, 8

November – March (Only water 1 day per week)

Odd Address – Thursday                                                      Addresses ending with 1, 3, 5, 7, 9

Even Address – Monday                                                       Addresses ending with 0, 2, 4, 6, 8


  • Fix leaks, breaks, or problems with your water system within 72 hours
  • Water outdoors only on your assigned days (Tip – up to 15 minutes in 3 to 5 minute increments)
  • Adjust sprinklers and irrigation timers to prevent overspray and runoff from property
  • Turn off sprinklers within and after 48 hours of significant rainfall
  • Use a broom to clean sidewalks, patios, and driveways
  • If you wash your own vehicle, use a bucket or a hose with a shut-off nozzle


  • Water between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
  • Water outdoor landscapes in a manner that causes excess runoff
  • Wash a vehicle with a hose, unless the hose is fitted with a shut-off nozzle
  • Operate a fountain or decorative water feature, unless the water is a recirculating system
  • Wash down sidewalks and driveways (except for health and safety reasons)

Water Watcher 24 Hour Reporting Line (909) 620-2244



Conservation is key, and the City of Pomona appreciates you "doing your part" to conserve our land's precious resource.  WIth rain in the forecast unknown and the drought headed into its 4th year conserving water shouldn't be viewed as a temporary aciton, instead we as a community, must change the way in which we use water.


If the limited outdoor watering days are creating brown patches on your lawn, consider placing drought tolerant plants in hard to water are.  Rebates area available for Pomona at

The following tips are provided by the City of Pomona to encourage the community to reduce their water use:


  • Choose climate appropriate and drought-resistant trees and plants.
  • Water early in the morning or later in the evening when temperatures are cooler.
  • Check sprinkler systems frequently and adjust sprinklers so only the lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk or street.
  • Adjust sprinklers to avoid unnecessary overspray.
  • Install a more-efficient irrigation system such as drip irrigation for trees, shrubs, and flowers.
  • Adjust irrigation controllers, seasonally.
  • Water more frequently in shorter schedules to create healthier and stronger landscapes and reduce overspray and run-off.
  • Put 2-4 inches of mulch around trees and plants to reduce evaporation and keep the soil cool. Organic mulch also improves the soil and prevents weed growth.
  • Use a broom to clean driveways, sidewalks and patios. DO NOT use a hose to wash down.
  • Wash cars/boats with a bucket, sponge, and a hose with a self-closing nozzle.


  • Use the washing machine for full loads only to save water and energy.
  • Purchase a qualifying high efficiency clothes washer and receive a $150 rebate.
  • Run the dishwasher only when full to save water and energy.
  • Install a water and energy efficient dishwasher.
  • Install aerators on the kitchen faucet to reduce flows to less than 1 gallon per minute.
  • Install high efficiency shower heads.
  • Take five minute showers instead of 10 minute showers.
  • Fill the bathtub halfway or less. 
  • Install a high-efficiency toilet.
  • Install aerators on bathroom faucets.
  • Turn water off when brushing teeth or shaving.
  • Don't use the toilet as a wastebasket.


Spruce up your Sprinkler System and Save


It’s been a long, hard winter for your yard. While your plants go dormant to cope with the colder weather, your sprinkler system can feel the effects of winter, too. Cracks in the pipes can lead to costly leaks, and broken sprinkler heads can waste water and money. You could be losing up to 25,000 gallons of water and more than $90 over a six-month irrigation season—the cost of about 300 daffodil bulbs!

Now is the perfect time to spruce up your irrigation system before you ramp up your watering efforts this spring and summer. To get started, follow these four simple steps—inspect, connect, direct, and select:

  • Inspect. Check your system for clogged, broken, or missing sprinkler heads. If you’re not the do-it-yourself type, go with a pro—look for an irrigation professional certified through a WaterSense labeled irrigation program.
  • Connect. Examine points where the sprinkler heads connect to pipes/hoses. If water is pooling in your landscape or you have large wet areas, you could have a leak in your system. A leak as small as the tip of a ballpoint pen (1/32nd of an inch) can waste about 6,300 gallons of water per month.
  • Direct. Are you watering the driveway, house, or sidewalk instead of your yard? Redirect sprinklers to apply water only to your lawn or prized plants.
  • Select. An improperly scheduled irrigation controller can waste a lot of water and money. Update your system’s schedule with the seasons, or select a WaterSense labeled controller to take the guesswork out of scheduling.


Don’t forget to add “sprinkler spruce-up” to your spring cleaning list this year. Learn more about maintaining a water-smart yard by visiting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense website at


 Water Conservation Requirements

Year round water use restrictions remain in place. Pomona’s City Council adopted Ordinance 4122 establishing year round water use efficiency best management practices. Residents are required to practice the following common sense measures to use water as efficiently as possible:

Best Practices:

  • Set automatic irrigation timers to water before 10 a.m. or after 6 p.m., limited to no more than 15 minutes watering per day per station
  • Exceptions: Hand-watering, drip irrigation, "smart" (e.g., weather-based) irrigation controllers
  • Adjust watering and fix broken heads to avoid excessive runoff from irrigation
  • Turn off irrigation during rain
  • Repair leaks within seven (7) days of discovery
  • Use a hose with a shut-off nozzle to wash vehicles, or use automatic commercial wash
  • No hosing down of paved surfaces, except when required for health or safety purposes
  • Restaurants serve water only upon request
  • Hotels offer guests the option to not launder linen daily


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Basically, we're asking our customers to watch their daily water usage, and find ways to cut back.

If we apply simple, common sense water-saving measures to our daily lives, we'll ensure a plentiful water supply this year and for years to come.


 Remember: The water we save today may be the water we need tomorrow!

Reporting Water Wasters:

To report water wasters in the City of Pomona, please call the Water Watcher 24-Hour Reporting Line at (909) 620-2244. Please report what violation took place, when, where, and what time it took place, and any additional information that may be helpful. Your contact information is helpful but not required.


Rebates and Incentives:

Be WaterWise

Metropolian Water District of Southern California


Resources for Teachers

The City of Pomona is a member of the Water Education Water Awareness Committee (WEWAC). WEWAC is a group of local water agencies that have pooled resources in an effort to promote water conservation. Recognizing the benefits of regional programs, the agencies continue to work together with WEWAC. WEWAC places an emphasis on education. WEWAC makes every effort to form partnerships with educators and institutions within its service territory to assist in incorporating the conservation message into the regular curriculum. By instilling the value and importance of water efficiency today, WEWAC is not only investing in the present, but in the future as well.

Please visit for more information on contests, grants, teacher workshops, and to sign up for the free e-newsletter.

For information on in-class presentations, please contact Julie Carver, Environmental Programs Supervisor at (909) 620-3628 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Metropolitan Water District - Water is Life Student Art Poster Contests


“Water is Life”, students in Grades K-12 in schools within City of Pomona area are invited to create an art poster depicting various water uses, ways to use water more efficiently, or water conservation topics.

 Recommended topics include:

 At School

  • In the Environment
  • In agriculture
  • In business and industry
  • In recreation
  • Use of drought tolerant plants
  • Use of efficient irrigation systems

 For information please contact Julie Carver, Environmental Programs Supervisor at (909) 620-3628 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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  Every Drop Counts!



What is WaterSense?

As a partnership program sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), WaterSense makes it easy to save water.  It is both a label for water-efficient products and a resource for water saving tips.

What does WaterSense do?

The WaterSense label is a simple way for consumers to identify water-efficient products, new homes, and programs that meet EPA’s criteria for efficiency and performance

WaterSense labeled products use at least 20 percent less water and perform as well as or better than standard models.  EPA also partners with landscape irrigation professionals certified by WaterSense labeled programs focusing on water efficiency.  Full listings of WaterSense labeled products are available at

Why promote water efficiency?

Managing water is growing concern in the United States.  Water managers in at least 36 states expect local, statewide, or regional water shortages to occur over the next few years. Wasting less water in our homes and yards also saves energy and money on utility bills and improves the quality of our water resources nationwide.

How can I get involved?

Saving water is easy – WaterSense labeled products are available in a variety of styles, colors, and price points – and it doesn’t require changing the way most of us live or do business.  By choosing products with the WaterSense label, you know you’ll be saving water for future generations.

  • Consumers can reduce their water bills by as much as 30 percent by using WaterSense labeled products and other water efficient appliances.
  • Manufacturers can differentiate themselves in the marketplace by offering WaterSense labeled products that perform as well as or better than standard models.
  • Businesses can help increase the marketability of the water efficient products they sell and reduce their operating costs by adopting water efficient best management practices.
  • Builders can partner with WaterSense to construct homes that use less water inside and out.

Be for water and start saving!  Visit for more information.

Call to Action:

  • Look for and purchase WaterSense labeled products
  • Visit to learn more about how to save water and money.

Test your WaterSense and learn about water use in your home, visit



Educational Links:

California Regional Environmental Education Community (CREEC) Network

Metropolian Water District of Southern California

Water Education Materials for Educator

Water Education Water Awareness Committee






Water is too precious to waste! Caring for our most precious resource, water conservation must play an important part in our day to day lives.                   

With a growing population and limited water resources it is essential that we conserve. Conserving water means we can extend the water supply for future generations and help reduce the risk of water shortages. By doing your part, you help the environment and save on your Utility bill

Ways to Save Water
Whether you're a residential or a commercial customer, you'll find useful information on the links provided:  


California's Water Conservation Resource

EPA Residential Water Conservation

EPA Conservacion de Augua

Metropolian Water District of Southern California

Water Education Water Awareness Committee

Water Saver Home


Recycling Links



Why Recycle? 

Recycling is beneficial because it reduces the consumption of raw materials, reduces energy usage, creates jobs, extends the life of landfills, and reduces disposal costs. By doing your part, you can help the environment and potentially save on your trash bill. For a recycling center near you call 1-800-RECYCLE.

What Can You Do? Reduce, Reuse and Recycle!

Reduce the amount of trash you create by not buying over-packaged products. Reuse everything that you can. Recycle your cans, bottles, paper and grass clippings. For more information call 1-888-CLEAN LA.

Helpful Links

Whether you’re a residential customer or a commercial customer, you’ll find useful information on the links provided:

California Department of Conservation

Bottles and Cans

Mattress Disposal Guide
Mattress Disposal Guide

Californians Against Waste

Where Can I Find a Recycler

Energy Efficiency



City of Pomona is a Model of Efficiency by Saving Energy and Money

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The City is now an Energy Leader Partner with Southern California Edison (SCE). The City, along with San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments and Southern California Edison, are partnered in the San Gabriel Valley Energy Wise Partnership (SGVEWP).   The partnership aims to reduce energy usage in the San Gabriel Valley and offers many incentives and programs to achieve this goal. A banner is displayed in the lobby to show the community that the City of Pomona is doing their part to reduce energy usage.

City of Pomona was presented by Southern California Edison and the San Gabriel Valley Energy Wise Partnership in recognition of the City's outstanding committment to Energy Efficiency's 2016 Energy Savings Impact of an Individual Project. The project was the City's Streetlight LED Retrofit Project.

City of Pomona was presented by Southern California Edison and the San Gabriel Valley Energy Wise Partnership in recognition of the City's outstanding committment to Energy Efficiency's 2015 Energy Savings Impact Total Annual Savings Award on December 9, 2015.

City of Pomona’s 2014 Gold Level Achievement in Southern California Edison’s Local Government Energy Leader Program

On February 26, 2015 SCE recognized Pomona for being a leader amongst San Gabriel Valley cities and becoming the eighth city to reach Gold Level status in the Energy Leader Partnership.  Pomona has been among the most active cities in the Energy Wise Partnership and, since 2009, has reduced its kilowatt-hour usage in municipal facilities more than any other city in the Partnership. Since 2009, the City of Pomona has reduced the energy usage in its municipal facilities by more than 2.3 million kilowatt-hours, or over 10%. This equates to an estimated annual energy cost savings of more than $345,000.

2013 Sustainability Award

The City received the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governements Sustainability Award for the Perchlorate Treatment Facility (AEP-3).  The award recognizes projects that exemplify sustainability in the area of energy, water, air quality and solid waste.  The AEP-3 Project improves water quality and is enabling the City to re-acrivate up to ten wells in the Chino Basin.  This water quality improvement will allow the City to treat up to 16.4 milliona gallons of groundwater daily.  This Project also received the 2012 APWA Project of the Year.

2012 Energy Efficiency Award

The City received the San Gabriel Valley Energy Wise Partnership's 4th Annual Energy Efficiency Award.  The award was presented tot he City for recognition of the City's outstanding commitment to Demand Response programs.

2011 Energy Savings Impact Award

The City received the San Gabriel Valley Energy Wise Partnership’s

2011 Energy Savings Impact Award. This award is in recognition of Pomona’s outstanding commitment to improving its energy efficiency and the environment through participation in the San Gabriel Valley Energy Wise Partnership (SGVEWP).

San Gabriel Valley Energy Wise Partnership is a collaboration between the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments and Southern California Edison to bring energy savings to the San Gabriel Valley through innovative public education and energy efficiency projects.   Pomona has been at the forefront of these achievements, and this will be the second year that Pomona has achieved such goals. 

The City of Pomona was selected for this award due to its energy projects totaling more than 900,000 kilowatt-hours of savings this year. Pomona’s completion of the street lighting project has contributed greatly to the Partnership’s goals.

2010 San Gabriel Valley Energy Efficiency Awards

The San Gabriel Valley Energy Wise Partnership honored the San Gabriel Valley’s outstanding commitment to energy efficiency, and the City of Pomona received the Green Leadership Award:

The City of Pomona has shown outstanding commitment to improving the environment across all sectors, including energy efficiency, with the development of an interdepartmental “Green Team,” the development of a city “Green Plan” and completion of a greenhouse gas emissions inventory.

The San Gabriel Valley Energy Wise Partnership Energy Leader Model is a tiered system whereby cities can receive enhanced rebates from Southern California Edison (SCE) for eligible energy efficiency projects for energy savings achievements and responsibility.  By participating in the SGVEWP, cities automatically qualify as a "Valued Level Partner" whereby they can access SCEs core program rebate for energy savings measures undertaken in city facilities.  As cities demonstrate additional energy savings and commitments, they can qualify for enhanced rebates at the silver, gold and platinum levels.

Currently, Pomona has qualified for the advanced levels, thanks to staffs commitment to saving energy, Pomona is at the GOLD Level!

Learn more about SCE programs and how residents and the business community can save, click on the program links listed below: 

Business Programs

Demand Response

Energy Reduction Tips and Solutions

Energy Upgrade California

Residential Programs

ConsumerAffairs has a great guide about solar energy featuring hundreds of verified consumer reviews.  Below is the link to valuable information:

Other Links:

Pomona Commitment to Energy Savings

Green Plan

Did You Know?

 50+ Go Green Intiatives


•     Energy Management Solutions to help save money and manage energy use
•     Services for Business 



24 hours a day, 365 days a year, SCE is dedicated to ensuring that everyone has electric power—without interruptions. Sometimes, when demand exceeds supply, when electricity costs are high, or when the state’s electrical system is constrained, we ask (and pay for) you to help by reducing the electricity you use. What we’ve learned is that energy management is the first and best way to keep the overall cost of electricity as low as possible. So, in addition to helping prevent outages, Demand Response helps to keep your electricity costs low.

Demand Response takes traditional energy management, which is focused on installing efficient equipment and systems, and makes it dynamically interactive. Often, paying customers for demand reductions is more efficient and effective than calling on a generator to meet power needs, and this helps avoid adding costly generation and transmission facilities to our system.

Qualifying customers are rewarded with bill reductions and/or energy credits for reducing their electrical demand when requested by SCE. However, if you do NOT reduce your consumption when asked by SCE, you may be subject to higher cost electricity.

For additional information from SCE CLICK here.

Click below to see Appliance, Lighting and Cooling Tips by Southern California Edison


 Residential Tips by Southern California Edison

Earn rebates and cash incentives for completing energy-efficiency projects


Pomona Commitment to Energy Conservation

The City is committed to becoming a sustainable community. The City has established policies that incorporate environmental responsibility into its daily management of urban and industrial growth, education, energy and water use, air quality, transportation, waste reduction, economic development, and open space and natural habitats.

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Pomona's Vision for a Sustainable Future

The City of Pomona (City) Green Plan is designed to be more than a reference document. It is designed to evolve with the City as new technologies, new economics, and new priorities redefine what is feasible. The core of the Green Plan is the integration of sustainable design into all aspects of the City’s operations. The Green Plan includes sections dedicated to the following topics:

  • Community strategies for land use and community design
  • Community and municipal green building strategies
  • Community and municipal strategies for efficient transportation
  • Renewable energy and low-carbon fuels
  • Open space and carbon storage and offset strategies
  • Water and wastewater management
  • Waste reduction and recycling strategies
  • Climate friendly purchasing
  • Promoting community and individual actions

The Green Plan reflects several months of research, data analysis, interviews, and writing by dozens of City staff and consultants. The City of Pomona Green Plan represents a new way of thinking about how the City consumes energy, water, and other resources.  An notable topic missing from the list    above is energy efficiency. Due to a funding synergy, the energy efficiency element of this Green Plan was developed concurrently and under separate contract. It has been included here as the Energy Action Plan (EAP) (included herein as Appendix B). The EAP overlaps with a number of the other Green Plan topics and is an integral element to this comprehensive Plan. The implementation strategies found in the EAP can be adapted to suit any number of the opportunities found throughout this Plan.  This Plan is a living document. As the City goes forward adapting, implementing, and integrating its “greening” activities, this Plan will inevitably need to be revisited, updated, and adapted to identify ever-refined and more environmentally and financially beneficial sustainability initiatives that will serve the City into the future.

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Appendix A Technical Memorandum for Land Use and Transportation Projections pdf icon

Appendix B Energy Action Plan pdf icon

Appendix C Solar Photovoltaic Feasibility Study pdf icon

Appendix D TBL Matrix pdf icon

Contact Us

Julie Carver

Environmental Programs Supervisor

505 South Garey Avenue

Pomona, CA 91766

Ph: (909) 620-3628

E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Additional Resources:

San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments

San Gabriel Valley Energy Wise Partnership

California Climate Change Portal

Cool California

Energy Upgrade California

US EPA-Climate Change Research


Did you know….

In Southern California, it costs more to produce electricity in the summer, when energy demand is at its peak, and less to produce electricity in the winter, during periods of lower demand. When you use energy wisely, you’ll be saving money and the environment.

That’s why the City of Pomona and Southern California Edison (SCE) are partnering to encourage energy efficiency and conservation.

Using energy wisely in our everyday lives is a smart way to ensure our planet and its natural resources are protected. Simple changes to your daily routine on how and when you use electricity can make a difference.

For example, switch off unnecessary lights and at the end of the day turn off office equipment. Even using your washing machine, dryer or dishwasher before noon or after 6pm can help conserve energy when demand is at its highest.

Energy management is the first and best way to manage your energy use at not only at home, but at work too. It can help create a brighter future for us all. By becoming more energy conscious, you’ll help California conserve valuable energy resources now and well into the future.

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The WRCOG HERO Program is offered through a partnership between Western Riverside Council of Governments (WRCOG) and Renovate America, Inc. The Program’s purpose is to provide relatively low interest rate financing to spark the local economy by creating jobs and reducing utility costs, and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Program provides HERO Financing for permanently affixed energy efficiency, water efficiency, and renewable energy products (Eligible Products). HERO Financing is repaid through an assessment on your property tax bill over 5-20 years, based on the useful life of the products, and upon sale of the property, the balance generally stays with the property.

 For more information, please visit the HERO website for Pomona residents. 


Recycling Programs

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Recycling is beneficial because it reduces the consumption of raw materials, reduces energy usage, creates jobs, extends the life of landfills, and reduces disposal costs. By doing your part, you can help the environment and potentially save on your trash bill.

For a Recycling Center near you call 1-800-RECYCLE.

See Solid Waste for additional information on residential and commercial recycling.


What Can You Do? Reduce, Reuse and Recycle!

Reduce the amount of trash you create by not buying over-packaged products.

Reuse everything that you can.

Recycle your cans, bottles, paper, and grass clippings. For more information call 1-888-CLEAN LA


Household Battery Collection

Common batteries such as AA, AAA, C Cells, D  Cells, and button cell batteries (e.g. Hearing aid batteries) were banned from disposal in the trash in 2006 because they can contain heavy metals and are corrosive chemicals that can cause burns. 

For proper disposal, click here


Recycle Fluorescent Lamps and Tubes

Drop off lamps and tubes at designated retail stores, collection events, or FlourescentLampRecycle


All fluorescent lighting contains small amounts of mercury. Mercury is hazardous to your health, which is why California banned fluorescent lamps from disposal in the trash. If they break, mercury is released.

Please take your fluorescent lighting to Home Depot located at 2707 S Towne Avenue, Pomona 

Tire Recycling

The Tire Recycling program provides for the proper collection, disposal and management of used tires in the City by conducting collection event(s) and developing public education materials for residents.

Recycle your used tires the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month “Free of Charge” at Pacific Tire Service located at 345 North White Avenue in Pomona.

See Link to Used Tire Flyer for more details.


Used Oil Recycle

The goal of the Used Oil Recycling Program provides for the proper collection and disposal of used oil and filters from residents in the City by developing public education materials and conducting collection events throughout the City.  Residents can also take up to 5 gallons of used oil to a local automotive facility in Pomona.  Click the link to find a Certified Used Oil Recycling Centers near you.  For additional information on the program click this link to see flyer.


Do you have old oil, bulky items, televisions, or electronics that you’re not sure what to do with? Dispose of these items properly at the Community Clean-Up Events each Spring in your Council District. 

For more information please call, Customer Service at (909) 620-2241.

For additional events dates in Los Angeles County, please contact Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County at (800) 238-0173 or visit


Storm Water Pollution Prevention

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The storm drain system is comprised of gutters and storm drains which are designed to prevent flooding by moving rain water away from City streets and directly into local rivers (which flow to the ocean). Storm water pollution is occurring because rainwater and urban runoff (such as irrigation) pick up pollutants as it flows across paved surfaces and then carries the pollutants into the storm drain system. The water that enters this system is not ever treated or filtered, and therefore any pollutants washed into the system flow with the water directly into the rivers and to the ocean.

These pollutants contaminate our waterways, making them unsafe for people and wildlife. Toxic chemicals, polluted rivers and beaches, and trash accumulation in the ocean kills plants and animals, costs millions of dollars each year in clean up, and hurts the ability of our community to safely enjoy our environment by creating serious health risks.
The City of Pomona is committed to the protection of our environment and water resources by reducing the impact of pollutants from urban runoff through implementation of its Storm Water Pollution Prevention Program as required by the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program. The NPDES permit program, as authorized by the Federal Clean Water Act, controls water pollution by regulating what is discharged into waters of the United States.

Common sources of storm water pollution include litter, trash, pet waste, paint residue, organic material (yard waste), fertilizers, pesticides, sediments, construction debris, cooking grease, illegally dumped motor oil, and other harmful fluids. Many of these pollutants come from every day activities and can be easily reduced by using common sense and good housekeeping practices. Good housekeeping measures used to reduce storm water pollution are commonly referred to as Best Management Practices or BMPs.

Certain activities, such as construction and renovation, may require a permit from the City of Pomona. Aspects of such permits may include BMP requirements to minimize water run-off and reduce the potential for storm water pollution.

For more information on which activities may require a permit, please contact:

Pomona City Hall
Building and Safety Department
505 South Garey Avenue
Pomona, CA 91766
Ph: (909) 620-2371

Even when a permit is not required for a particular activity, residents and businesses in Pomona are asked to follow BMPs to reduce the potential for storm water pollution. This cooperation will help ensure the safety and enjoyment of our environment by keeping our storm drain systems clean and free from pollutants.

For Best Management Practices or BMP Fact Sheets, click here:


       Auto Repair and Maintenancewhere stormwater goes

       Equestrian and Livestock Owner BMPs

       Home Garden

       Home Repair

       Kitchen (Fats, Oils and Grease)

       Painting at Home

       Pet Owners

       Septic System

       Swimming Pool and Spa Discharge

       Used Oil Recycling

       Vehicle Cleaning

       Downspout Disconnection Program Brochure


       Automotive Repairs

       Commercial Landscape Maintenance


       Food and Restaurant

       Gas Stations

       Mobile Carpet Cleaning

       Mobile Vehicle Maintenance

       Portable Toilets

       Scrap and Waste Recycling Facilities

       Trash Enclosure

       Waste Disposal Guide for Food Handling Facilities


       Apartment Manager's Check List

       HOAs and Property Manager's Best Management Practices

       Trash Enclosure

Development and Construction:

       Concrete Flyer

       Construction and Development BMPs

       Construction Site and Home Remodelling BMPs

       Contractor and Builders BMPs

       Portable Toilets

       SUSMP and Site Specific Plan Guidelines

       Trash Enclosure

Frequently Asked Questions:

1.   Are sewers and storm drains the same thing?

Sewers and storm drains are not the same thing. Sewers collect wastewater from indoor plumbing, such as toilets, sinks, washing machines, and floor drains. A municipal sewer system includes the collection, treatment, and disposal of sewage water. A municipal storm water system only transports water for flood control purposes; no treatment of storm water occurs before it is discharged to local water bodies.

2.   How do I report a storm water pollution concern?

Concerns regarding possible pollutants being discharged to a street gutter, storm drain, or storm channel should be directed to the Public Works Department in City Hall at (909) 620-3628. Additionally, the County of Los Angeles maintains a 24-hour toll free water pollution reporting line at 1-888-CLEAN LA. To report serious spill emergencies (chemical, gas, etc), call 911.

3.   If yard clippings and leaves are natural, why are they considered pollutants?

As yard clippings and leaves decompose, they deplete water of dissolved oxygen that aquatic species, including fish and turtles, need to survive. Excessive plant material also encourages algae growth.

Additionally, contaminants such as dog waste, fertilizers, and oil from road dirt can adhere to these types of organic material. Therefore, when they wash into the storm drains, so do the contaminants.

For general Storm Water Education information, please contact:

City of Pomona

Water Resources Department

148 N Huntington Street

Pomona, CA 91768

Environmental Programs Supervisor   Ph:  (909) 620-3628

Environmental 24-Hour Reporting Line Ph:  (909) 620-2224

Water Watcher 24-Hour Reporting Line Ph: (909) 620-2244




Additional Storm Water Resources:

State Water Resource Control Board

California Stormwater Quality Association (CASQA)

U.S. EPA’s manual for Stormwater Quality Management Program

General Industrial Activity Stormwater Permtis (GIASP)

Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Title 40, Part 122 – Federal NPDES Permit Program Regulations

Standard Industrial Classifications (SIC) System

2007 Northern American Industry Classification System (2007 NAICS)

 Comprehensive Bacteria Reduction Plan (CBRP) for Santa Ana River Watershed

On March 14, 2014, the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board approved the Comprehensive Bacteria Reduction Plan (CBRP) that was submitted for the cities of Pomona and Claremont.  The CBRP is a Plan that outlines how the Cities will comply with waste discharge requirements for the implementation of Bacteria Indicator Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) for the Middle Santa Ana River Watershed waterbodies per the adopted Santa Ana Region National Pollutant Discharge Eliminaton System (NPDES) Permit and the Los Angeles County NPDES Permit.


Watershed Management Plan and Monitoring Program for San Gabriel River Watershed


The Cities of Claremont, La Verne, Pomona and San Dimas, collectively referred to as the East San Gabriel Valley Watershed Management Group, submitted a notice of intent to develop a Watershed Management Plan (WMP) to fulfill the requirements of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NDPES) Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permit for Los Angeles County issued by the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board.

As part of the requirement, the cities also developed a Coordinated Integrated Monitoring Plan (CIMP) to address water quality priorities within the San Gabriel River Watershed.  A water quality priorites analysis generated a list of pollutants potentially of issue for the East San Gabriel Valley Watershed receiving waters.  The cities are addressing MS4 water quality and potential impacts to the receiving waters through the WMP and CIMP process.  Through the protection of the receiving waters, the WMP and CIMP form a path of compliance with the NPDES Permit.  The purpose of the CIMP is to address primary objectives of the Monitoring and Reporting Program component of the MS4 Permit issued by the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board.

WMP - Watershed Management Plan

Appendix I - IRWMP

CIMP - Coordinated Integrated Monitoring Plan

The City Wants to Hear From You!

We are interested in hearing about your project ideas, community needs, and possible opportunities to work with others in achieving water quality goals.  Please read the Watershed Flyer and submit your suggestions to the address on the form.


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