Stormwater Pollution Solutions

Pollution Solutions
Did you know a sewer system and a storm drain system are not the same? These 2 systems are completely different.

The water that goes down the sink or toilet in your home or business flows to the Wastewater Treatment Plant where it is treated and filtered. Water that flows down driveways and streets flows into a gutter leading directly to a nearby river, lake, or to the underground water table is a storm drain system. This water may pick up pollutants along the way that are never treated. 

Keeping the storm drains clean and free from hazardous contamination such as motor oil, paints, pet waste, and pesticides is critical.

Tips
Share this knowledge with others:
  • Monitor your storm drain and remove any debris that may clog it, such as leaves and grass clippings.
  • Don't dump waste in storm drains.
  • Recycle used oil. Call Kragen's Auto Parts at 209-869-0650, and ask about their recycling program for used oil.
  • Sweep driveways clean and remove spills with absorbent material - don't hose it off.
  • Dispose of household chemicals properly. Follow the directions on the package or call hazardous waste at 209-525-4123.
  • Don't over water or allow garden pesticides to wash into the street.
Contact
If you have more questions, please call the Public Works Department at 209-863-7128.