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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 visit our new Online Reporting System.