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HOW TO REPORT AN ENVIRONMENTAL EMERGENCY

WHAT IS AN ENVIRONMENTAL EMERGENCY?
  • Oil and chemical spills
  • Accidents causing release of pollutants
  • Radiological and biological discharges
HOW TO REPORT A SPILL
  • First, call ADEQ Spill Reporting
  • After reporting the spill, call ADEQ Environmental Emergency to report the environmental emergency

For information regarding state reporting requirements, and when and whom to call, contact the Environmental Emergency Response Unit during normal business hours (8 a.m. - 5 p.m. MST).

Storm Water Specialist
Non-emergency
ADEQ Spill Reporting
ADEQ Environmental Emergency
Environmental Emergency Response Unit

ILLICIT DISCHARGE

An illicit discharge is defined as ANY discharge to municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) that is NOT composed entirely of stormwater

DOCUMENTS & BROCHURES

ABOUT STORM WATER MANAGEMENT

WHAT IS STORM WATER?
  • Storm water is water flowing over the land during and immediately after a rain storm or snow melt. (yes we get snow here too)
  • While some stormwater soaks into the ground, much of it turns into runoff .
  • Stormwater runoff does not flow into a wastewater treatment system, it flows into our surface waters untreated. In Lake Havasu City, our Separate Stormwater System (MS4) consists of gutters, storm drains, underground pipes, open channels, culverts and washes.  Our storm water system discharges into the Colorado River (Lake Havasu).
  • What we do on the land affects the water quality and habitat of our lake, river and watershed.  It has direct impacts on our community , aquatic environment, recreation and our way of life.
WHERE DOES HAVASU'S STORM WATER GO?
  • What soaks into the ground replenishes our aquifer.
  • Some of it is harvested but mostly it flows untreated straight to the lake.
  • Our beautiful lake where we swim, play, fish.
  • Most of our tourism revolves around our waters.
GOOD HOUSEKEEPING PREVENTS POLLUTION
  • Minimize exposure, inspect and report, cleanup spills and leaks promptly
  • Dumpster areas should be clean with all the trash inside the container and always keep lids closed and check that bungs are sealed
  • Outdoor trash receptacles should be covered and adequate
  • Keep all refuse areas clean

In 2013 and 2014 Lake Havasu City performed many updates to program documents and performed activities relative to the “Minimum Six Control Measures” as outlined in the Lake Havasu City Stormwater Management Program.

Ordinance creation and adoption, drafting of Development & Permitting Policies and Procedures to be used by the development community and city staff, updating of website brochures, and inclusion of technical criteria to be used in plan development and design highlight important aspects of the program.

Stormwater Outfall Inspections are currently being performed and in conjunction a Illicit Discharge and Detection Program is underway. The City also performed evaluations of its activities at City owned properties to determine potential for pollution and started identifying Best Management Practices appropriate for the sites to mitigate potential for pollutants to leave the site and enter the wash system.

Going forward the City is committed to meeting the requirements of the ADEQ General Permit, the updated Stormwater Management Program and associated EPA/ ADEQ guidelines

PICTURES

Tree well Trash and pollutants Stormwater in alley Stormwater runoff in Chesapeake Sloop Wash Storm drains Stormwater runoff Soapy discharge pool on dry sunny day Stormwater conveyance Sediment and erosion Stormwater Amigo Dr Roof drains Rainbow Ave S at Eldorado Wash Saratoga Indian Peak Wash Potential for illicit discharge Potential for illicit discharge Potential for illicit discharge Post illicit discharge trail in storm system Post illicit discharge trail Post illicit discharge stain Post cleanup around dumpster Possible illicit discharge Polluted pool of wash water cigarettes and trash pavers-cityPavers City Hall and Police Departmenthall--pd_26544594095_o Pollutants Pavers and grate lid bmps at City Hall and Police Department Parking lot drainage Outfall that flows into the channel Outfall flows into Thompson Bay Palo Verde Blvd S at Hwy 95 Outfall Oil recycle container Outfall Oil stain and soaked earth from prior illicit discharge Never store materials or spoils in a wash Oils and pollutants Mop sink Iillicit discharge Leaking dumpster and open dumpster Irregation discharges Iillicit discharge Iillicit discharge Iillicit discharge Iillicit discharge Iillicit discharge Iillicit discharge Iillicit discharge Iillicit discharge Iillicit discharge Iillicit discharge Iillicit discharge Iillicit discharge Iillicit discharge Iillicit discharge Iillicit discharge Iillicit discharge Food oil recycle container Food oil and grease and trash Eldorado Wash Rainbow Ave Dumpster Dumpsters Dumpster Dry weather illicit discharge at a road intersection and MS4 outfall Drainage Food oil and grease Dangerous wash