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Take Care of Your Storm Drains & V-Ditches

Post Date:11/24/2017 2:46 PM

Is your home and property ready for the rainy season? We want to remind you to check the storm drains around your property, and clean them out before the heavy rain comes.

As you may know, there are hundreds of properties on hillsides throughout the City which have concrete storm water drains known as v-ditches. These drains collect storm water from private properties and transport it down hillsides to culverts and pipes, ultimately leading water to the City’s storm drain system.

The purpose of these drains is to collect and divert storm water away from hillside land in order to preserve the stability of these properties. If these privately-owned storm water drains are not properly maintained by the property owner, their poor condition could cause the hillside to become unstable over time. To ensure your v-ditch works properly, please check it for cracks or breaks, and ensure it is free of any debris or obstructions. 

Before the rainy season comes, we want to remind you to clean out the storm drains on and around your property to ensure your home stays stable and safe. Thank you for your efforts to prepare your property for this year’s rainy season and storm water runoff.

If you have any questions or want to learn how you can prepare your property for the rainy season, please call the City’s Public Works Department at (650) 259-2339.

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