Call Bothell's Spill Hotline at425-806-6750. The hotline is answered day and night. If the spill is a direct hazard to human or environmental health,call 911.
Why report a spill?
Spills to our roads and storm drains are carried - untreated - through our stormwater system to local streams and other bodies of water. From there, they can cause serious problems for people, pets, and the environment.
Examples of what to report
Pollutants from these activities end up washing down Bothell's storm drains and emptying into the nearest body of water. Please call the Spill Hotline if you see any of these:
Vehicle fluids leaking onto the street
Soapy water entering the street from washing cars, sidewalks, buildings, or awnings
Paint, motor oil, or other contaminant on the street
Restaurants dumping food or grease into storm drains
Mobile businesses dumping wastewater into storm drains (from things like carpet cleaning)
Blowing debris or yard waste into the street
Chlorinated swimming pool water drained into the street
Landscaping dirt piles in the street
Concrete washout from home improvement or construction projects
Mud tracked out into the street or muddy water entering the street, typically from a construction site
Construction sites without effective erosion control measures in place
Thank you for helping protect local streams!
Is it pollution?
Learn about iron bacteria, a common occurrence that you might think is pollution because of how it looks, but is actually a naturally occurring phenomenon that is not harmful to water.
Iron bacteria are long, orange-red thread-like bacteria that secrete slime, occur naturally, and "feed" on iron in water and soil. Sometimes leave a sheen on water that looks similar to petroleum. Learn how to identify iron bacteria, what causes it, and why it's not actually pollution.