Doesn’t stormwater runoff go into the sanitary sewer?

No. Only sewage from your household drains are transported to the sanitary sewer system.  Stormwater flows through the storm sewer system, and ditches.  It empties into our streams, ponds, and creeks.  It would be too expensive to treat stormwater the same as we treat sanitary sewage.  The amount of sewage generated from our homes and businesses every day is small compared to the amount of stormwater runoff we receive during a rain event.

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1. What is stormwater runoff?
2. What is polluted stormwater runoff?
3. Can leaves and grass go into the storm drain?
4. What causes stormwater pollution?
5. Why do we need to manage stormwater runoff?
6. How can I help prevent stormwater pollution?
7. What is an illicit discharge?
8. Doesn’t stormwater runoff go into the sanitary sewer?
9. What is an impervious surface area?
10. Are there any ways I can make a difference?
11. What should I do if I see or suspect an illicit discharge?
12. Whom do I contact if I have further questions?