RV Users Resources

county of san diego watershed protection program


RV in the great outdoors

Helpful Resources for RV Users

Now that summer camping season is here, there’s no better time to enjoy the outdoors and some camping fun! Gearing up for camping season also means planning for proper RV waste disposal to protect our local waterways.

Did you know that if RV black or grey water is not disposed of properly, it can harm our creeks, rivers, and the ocean? Black or grey water is waste generated from the use of an RV’s septic tank, sink, basin, or shower. Properly disposing of RV waste at appropriate RV dump stations can help protect the environment and health of residents and animals.

The County of San Diego Watershed Protection Program has developed a handy postcard and interactive RV dump station map to help RV users play a key role in keeping pollutants out of our storm drain systems and waterways this camping season! To help make your experience at the RV dump station go smoothly and safely, consider these key tips:

  1. Secure both ends of the hose before opening the tank valve
  2. Keep an eye on the hose while dumping to make sure it stays connected
  3. Close valves when the tanks aren’t being emptied
  4. Rinse any residue or spills toward the dump station inlet pipe (connected to the sewer/septic system)
  5. Have spill response materials, like absorbent (e.g., kitty litter, sweeping compound), ready to apply and sweep up – you never know what could happen!

For other resources and tips to protect our local waterways, visit our Educational Handouts page.  

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