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The City of Mill Valley urges residents to work with pool service providers that commit to flushing pool water into the sewer system instead of into the ground or down the storm drain.
Because many of us swim in chlorinated water at relatively high concentrations, we often don't fully understand the toxicity of chlorine on the natural habitat that surrounds us. It's quite simple, the concentration of sodium hypochlorite (chlorine) in pool water is high enough to pollute a body of water 10 to 100 times its size if sent to the storm drain.
Because every storm drain in the City of Mill Valley empties into a sensitive natural body of water, such as a creek or wetland, introducing chlorine into those creeks and wetlands kills fish and frogs and the aquatic bugs they feed on.
City officials urge residents not to hire a pool service company that is unwilling to flush pool water into the sewer system.
Trash service is provided in Mill Valley by Mill Valley Refuse Service. Contact information:
The City of Mill Valley participates in a battery recycling program. You can drop off your old household and cell phone batteries (sorry, no automotive batteries) at one of the following collection points:
Look for the Blue Battery Recycling Barrel.
Not sure what to recycle? See the Mill Valley Refuse Service's recycling guide online for a list of items they'll accept for recycling, and how to prepare them for pick-up.
You'll find lots of useful information on Mill Valley Refuse Service's website site about how to reduce waste on their Zero Waste page.
Contact the Department of Public Works as soon as possible. If it is after hours, call the Dispatch Center at 415-389-4100
There are two main reasons for this problem. One is the connection of storm drains to the sewer system, which is illegal. If you have a downspout or area drain connected to your sewer, this should be corrected so the stormwater is discharged in an appropriate manner. The other common cause of this problem is old sewer lines, both City mains and private laterals. Older sewers were made of clay pipe, which can break or separate over the years, allowing rainwater in the ground to get into the pipe that leads to the treatment plant. You are strongly urged to have your lateral inspected and replaced if it is clay pipe. This will help reduce potential overflows at the SASM treatment plant.