Doesn't Stormwater Runoff Go Into the Sanitary Sewer?

No. Only wastewater is collected and transported to the treatment plant by the sanitary sewer system. Stormwater flows through the storm sewer systems, ditches, and channels. It empties, untreated, into our streams, ponds, and lakes. It would be much too expensive to size the sanitary sewers and treatment plant to convey and treat stormwater in the same manner as sanitary sewage. The volume of wastewater generated by our homes and businesses each day is insignificant compared to the volume of stormwater runoff generated during a rainstorm. The better solution is to prevent the entry of pollutants into the stormwater system in the first place.

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1. What is the service area for stormwater billing?
2. What is the billing period for my stormwater bill?
3. Who can I call about new construction or land disturbance complaints?
4. Who inspects land disturbance on construction sites?
5. What can I do to help improve stormwater quality?
6. Doesn't Stormwater Runoff Go Into the Sanitary Sewer?
7. What is Stormwater Pollution Prevention?
8. How Can I Qualify For A Credit Against My Fee?
9. Why is a Stormwater Utility Necessary?
10. How can I tell the difference between a sewer and a storm drain?
11. Why am I being charged a stormwater fee?
12. How is the Stormwater Service Fee Calculated?
13. Who is the Stormwater Service Fee billed to?