Are sewers and storm drains the same thing?
No, they are not the same thing. The two are totally separate systems from each other. A sanitary sewer system collects waste from your sinks, toilets, showers, and washing machines. The sewer system will then carry it to a treatment facility before being discharged.

Stormwater is collected from our streets and then flows into a separated system. This system goes untreated and flows into local waterways, carrying all collected pollution with it.

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1. What is the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Stormwater Program?
2. Are sewers and storm drains the same thing?
3. What can I do to prevent stormwater pollution?
4. Can any products be safely poured down the storm drains?
5. How do I report illegal dumping or suspicious discharges?