In a settlement reached with the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board, the city could get hit with up to $1 million in fines if it doesn’t make upgrades with storm water management.
Bill Harris with the city’s transportation and storm water department admitted to Fox 5 Monday that there have been deficiencies in oversight.
"We made a commitment to make up for lost time,” Harris said. “We're going to build more aggressive treatment control and pollution prevention activities - and really try to take care of some of the pollution that went into the drain, if you will, over a few years."
The city has a November 1 deadline to notify more than 140 commercial industrial and residential property owners that they must comply with storm water regulations. Property owners who fail to meet regulations could be fined $100 a day and up to $250,000.