Sewage Discharge

Division of Environemental Health: Sewage LeakLarge sewage discharges are a violation of Federal, State, and local laws.  When City of Berkeley's Public Works activates Sewage Discharge Protocols formulated by the Division of Environmental Health, the team reacts by notifying numerous agencies and officials (such as the State Office of Emergency Services, State Department of Fish and Game, San Francisco Water Board, the City's Health Officer), assessing the situation, and by taking water samples.

Staff monitor the posting and clean-up operations for compliance with protocols and health standards regarding bacterial water quality.  Besides emergencies, the water at both the Marina and Aquatic Park, as well as several City creeks, are routinely sampled for compliance with bacterial standards.


General Precautions for Sewage Contamination on Residential Property

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OUTDOORS & YARD SAFETY:

Note:  This information is provided to assist residents who experience an overflow of sewage on their property.  It is not inclusive of events involving severe flooding, which can cause additional structural damage.


To report a sewage spill in the City of Berkeley, contact Public Works at (510) 981-6620.

Also, for information on the Sanitary Sewer Program and Services provided by the City, please see the Public Works WebPages at: Sanitary Sewer Program