Stormwater Management

Only Rain Down the Drain
Stormwater is rain that flows over driveways, parking lots, sidewalks, streets, rooftops, or any other surface that cannot absorb water. As water travels over these surfaces, it picks up dirt, trash, oil, grease, pesticides, fertilizers, pet waste, and other pollutants and carries them all into a storm drain system. Storm drains in Burlingame are separate from the sanitary sewer system, which means that anything that enters the storm drain will flow directly into our waterways untreated. View a map of Burlingame’s storm drain system, which consists of manholes, inlets, culverts (concrete tunnels under roads or bridges), and storm drain pipes.

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Stormwater pollution prevention begins at home. Visit our Pollution Prevention page for easy tips on how you can help keep our creeks and waterways clean.


Report Stormwater Issues!
Any illegal dumping of spills, discharges, or trash should be reported immediately to Public Works by calling 650-558-7670 between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. During any other time, call the Burlingame Police Department at 650-777-4100.

For information regarding the City’s stormwater program, please contact us at dpw@burlingame.org or 650-558-7230.

Learn More
Keeping the San Francisco Bay clean is a team effort. Visit the San Mateo Countywide Water Pollution Prevention program website at FlowstoBay.org for more resources on stormwater pollution prevention. Interested in staying in touch? Subscribe to the Flows to Bay quarterly newsletter.