Sewer Systems and Storm Drains are two completely different systems. The water that goes down a sink or toilet in a home or business flows to a wastewater treatment plant where it is treated and filtered. Water that flows down driveways and streets lead to gutters or ditches that flow directly to a lake, river, or the ocean. This water may pick up pollutants along the way that are never treated.

-Less than 1% of the water on the earth can actually be used by human beings.

-Storm drains do not remove pollutants and were designed for the specific purpose of draining water from sidewalks and streets.

-Anything you place in storm drains goes directly into a lake or stream.

-One of the most common pollutants found in storm drains and creeks is detergent from the washing of cars.

-It is illegal to dump wastewater or water containing soaps, cleaning, products, or grease and oil into streets or storm drains.

-The improper use of lawn fertilizers can be a main source of water pollution.

-Landscaping can help reduce storm water runoff.

-Trees and shrubs require less fertilizer than other plants, helping to further reduce the chance of pollution.

Most water pollution is preventable.