What is the storm drain system?
Stormwater that does not seep into the ground will flow into the storm drainage system. The storm drainage system consists of the drains that you see at street corners, inlet structures within yards or open spaces and ditches within a development. These connected drains and ditches may travel for miles before directly entering creeks, streams, and our very own Lake Wylie. The storm drain system, unlike the sanitary sewer system (water from our showers and toilets), does not have a mechanism for treating the water before it is discharged directly into our local water ways. In other words, whatever goes into the storm drainage system, goes into our streams, creeks, rivers and lakes!

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1. What is stormwater?
2. What is the storm drain system?
3. How does stormwater become polluted?