Reporting a Water Pollution Problem

Chemical Spill Emergencies: 911
24-Hour Water Pollution Problem Reporting Hotline:
Telephone: 1-877-89SPILL

Spills of chemicals, both accidental and otherwise occur throughout Orange County. While many are small and are easily cleaned up, such as fuel spills from vehicle accidents, others which have greater potential for harm also occur. The San Diego fuel pipeline rupture of 1985, the American Trader oil spill of 1989 and the Brea tire factory fire of 1996 are examples of these types of larger hazardous material incidents. County staff are available 24 hours a day to respond to, investigate and abate the effects of spills. While the primary goal is the protection of the environment, investigations may, in some instances, lead to civil or criminal prosecution. To report a spill to our office use the contact information provided above.

Water Pollution Investigations and Spill Abatement
Your Contact Information:
Although you are not required to fill out this section in order to report a water pollution problem, we would appreciate any contact information that you can provide to us. If additional information is necessary, we will be able to update you once we investigate the incident. All information received remains confidential and will not be released.





Location Of Incident:
Provide as much information as you can so that we may be able to locate the problem and source. If you do not have a specific address, please include additional location information such as a cross street or identifying landmark. Please be as descriptive and informative as possible.




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If this is an emergency, please call 911 immediately.

To report a spill or complaint to the County of Orange, you may call the 24-HOUR HOTLINE at 1-877-89SPILL

Report Incident:
Provide as much information as you can regarding the water pollution problem that you saw. Please be as descriptive and informative as you can and include things like the quantity of the discharge, the color, if you noticed any odors, where it was flowing from and where it flowed to, if you have noticed this discharge before

Responsible Party:

If you know or suspect who was responsible for the discharge, please provide as much information as possible so that we may contact them. All information will remain confidential and will not be released.







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Thank you for your time and information. We would like you to check the information that you have provided before submitting this to us. Please add any extra details that might help us resolve the problem that you are reporting on. The County of Orange and your community thank you for your time and efforts!

If this is an emergency, please call 911 immediately.

To report a spill or complaint to the County of Orange, you may call the 24-HOUR HOTLINE at 1-877-89SPILL