The Pueblo County Engineering and Public Works Department reminds residents that is important not to pour anything down storm sewer drains. Pueblo County also reminds all residents of the difference between a storm sewer and a sanitary sewer.
Storm sewer drains are located along streets and in parking lots and flow directly into local waterways without prior treatment. After stormwater runoff picks up fertilizer, oil, pesticides, dirt, bacteria, and other pollutants, it makes its way to our waterways, untreated, through the storm sewer system.
A storm sewer inlet is a direct connection to our rivers, streams, and waterways which is why it’s important to remember that “only rain goes down the drain.”
The sanitary sewer system collects water from inside our homes and businesses and carries it to a treatment plant where the wastewater is treated before being released into our local waterways. Residents also should be mindful of what they put down drains inside their homes and businesses.