universal solvent. When it rains, it washes contaminants that lie on
rooftops, gardens and sidewalks into our streams and bays via the storm
sewer system. Many of these contaminants, from cigarettes to pet waste to
slug poison, will end up as water pollution.
Stormwater, also called
surface water, is separate from that which enters the sanitary sewer and
is treated by the City's Wastewater Treatment Plant. Water that flows down
driveways and streets into a gutter goes into a storm drain which
eventually discharges to a bay. The purpose of the storm drain system is
to prevent flooding by conveying rain water away from buildings, roads and
other places we donít want to flood. Because storm drains convey water to
surrounding bays, City ordinance prohibits anything other than
uncontaminated rain water from entering the storm drain system.
Never pour anything into a gutter, street or storm drain. Should you
notice a storm drain requiring maintenance or anything that might
negatively impact the storm drain system - please contact the City's
Maintenance and Operations Division at 360.293.1921.