Storm Drains

The storm drain system helps prevent floods by diverting rainwater into nearby waterways.  During rainstorms, water runs off of buildings, roads and other hard surfaces, picking up trash and pollutants along the way.  The water and pollutants flow into storm drains and through underground pipes directly into the nearest stream, pond or water reservoir.

What about the drains in my house?
The drains in your house are part of a different system, the waste water system.  Dirty water from inside your home flows into underground pipes that are connected to a waste water treatment plant.  The water from your home is cleaned before it is released back into creeks and streams.

Storm water is not treated?
That's right!  The storm drainage system carries rainwater directly to creeks, streams, ponds and reservoirs.  That is why it is important to keep trash, motor oil, pesticides and other chemicals from entering the storm drain.  Everything that goes in - comes out in our waterways.  Polluted water is harmful to fish, wildlife and humans.

Storm Water Reminders
  • Never pour or dump anything down a storm drain.
  • Keep streets clean.
  • Dispose of trash properly.
  • Rake leaves and debris away from storm drains.
  • Apply lawn and garden chemicals sparingly and according to directions.

All Water is Recycled
The same water that existed on earth in the beginning is still here.  It continually moves around, through and above our planet as water vapor, liquid and ice. 

As our population increases, so do demands on our limited water resources.  Household products such as pesticides, fertilizers, fuels and cleaning products can contaminate our water when they are not handles and stored properly.  These pollutants are swept into the storm drainage system as rainwater flows across rooftops, lawns, streets and parking lots.

It is difficult and expensive to remove pollutants from our water supply.  The best way to protect this resource is to keep pollutants out.