Where does our water go?
All the water we
use inside our homes goes directly to the sanitary sewer and a then to a waste
water treatment plant or our household sewage treatment. The cleaned
water is then released into an area stream or into the ground in our backyard.
What about all the water outside of our homes such as the
rainwater that falls on our roofs, lawns, driveways, roads, streets, roadside
ditches and parking lots? Where does this water go? It is not always
easy to tell where this “STORMWATER” goes after it gets to the gutter, storm
drain, street or ditch. The stormwater flows from these places to our creeks,
streams, and lakes, BUT IS NOT CLEANED before it gets there.
What is the problem with stormwater pollution?
Rainwater from roofs, lawns, driveways, streets, roadside
ditches and parking lots in Lake County drain to area creeks and rivers and
then to Lake Erie. This rainwater has a direct impact on some of our
greatest assets in this area. We not only affect the health of our creeks,
but the health of our Lake, its beaches, and our drinking water supply.
Stormwater picks up trash and pollution. Examples
include oil and antifreeze that drips from our cars, excess fertilizer and
pesticides from our lawns, litter, grass clippings, leaves, and pet
waste. Once pollution is picked up by the rainwater it moves through
gutters, storm sewers and ditches to our creeks, streams, and lakes where it
can cause health and safety problems for us and the living things in them.