Storm sewers carry rainwater and melting snow to streams, rivers, and other bodies of water. Storm sewers consist of manholes, pipes, storm drain inlets, and open ditches. Storm sewers are not designed to carry wastewater. Never pour any hazardous waste down a storm drain, such as paint, oil, or solvents. This can cause serious damage to rivers, lakes, wetlands, and even the ocean. In turn, you could even poison wildlife.
Separate Sewer System Pros
These systems have a lot of advantages. Here are a few.
- Reduces flooding – Because stormwater and wastewater are separated, they have a harder time overflowing. This reduces the chances your street or basement will flood.
- Ecological – Wastewater won’t dump into rivers or lakes when the system overflows. This creates a lessened ecological footprint on nearby water sources.
- Cleaner – Wastewater carries a lot of pollutants and diseases. By separating the systems, you lower the chances of water-borne disease spreading into bodies of water.
- Performance – Since stormwater can be separated and dumped into rivers, less water overloads the treatment plants. This increases the amount of water that the plant can treat.
Separate Sewer Systems Cons
Below are some of the cons of using a separate sewer system.