Only Rain Down the Drain

Two types of water leave your home:
* One is waste water, which is water that goes down the drains in sinks, toilets, and showers.  Waste water gets treated at wastewater treatment facilities.  Trash, bacteria, and other pollutants are removed, and the water is purified and released.
*The second type of water that leaves your home is stormwater runoff.  Runoff is rain that has fallen on rooftops, driveways, and sidewalks.  It can’t soak into the ground, so it runs off the surface.  Runoff does NOT get treated.  Instead, it flows to the nearest storm drain.  Storm drains typically drain to a nearby lake, river, or stormwater pond.

To protect lakes and rivers from pollutants, we must protect these storm drains. It’s very important that only rain goes down the drain.  To find out more, visit Carver County’s Water Management Organization website.