Storm drains are not connected to the wastewater treatment plant.
It’s important we know where our water flows! Stormwater is rainfall or melting snow that makes its way to the storm drain. As the water flows over the land surface, it can pick up potential pollutants that may include sediment, nutrients (from lawn fertilizers), bacteria (from animal and human waste), pesticides (from lawn and garden chemicals), metals (from rooftops and roadways), and petroleum by-products (from leaking vehicles). Once this water enters the storm drain it does not go to a treatment facility. The stormwater — and all the toxic pollutants and bacteria it may have collected — heads straight for our streams and rivers untreated. Stormwater pollution effects us all!