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Runoff and Water Pollution

When it rains, water flows down our streets, sidewalks, and driveways. And everything that's on the pavement, like grass clippings, fertilizer, and oil, gets washed into storm drains.

What many people don't realize is that our storm drains don't lead to the nearest water treatment facility, like our homes' water pipes do. Instead, they lead to a stormwater basin or empty directly into the closest water body. The water is not filtered or cleansed first.

You can help reduce water pollution by minimizing or eliminating fertilizer and pesticide use. Sweep up sand, grass clippings, and other debris from hard surfaces and don't dump or wash anything other than stormwater down a storm drain.

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