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Storm drain versus sewer drain in Macomb County

March 22, 2012

Check you brain — do you say “sewer” when you mean “storm water” ?

There is a MASSIVE difference between a storm drain – and your toilet pipe.
One is for rain water, the watery stuff on the streets, roofs, parking, lots, etc.
The items you see continually ARE STORM DRAINS and not sewage drains.
They handle rain storms, water falling from the sky,  onto concrete/blacktop.

Capturing large volumes of storm water from residents and businesses
are Retention Basins, where the storm water is treated, before it is released.
Why is it treated if it’s just rain water –
because our surrounding environment isn’t clean.
Any residue from anything on the outside surfaces gets washed into the storm drains.

In some counties of Michigan, like Oakland, the toilet water DOES get mixed with rain
That’s why the Retention Systems treat the storm water.

The major cause of E. Coli bacteria in our waterways is non-point source pollution.
Non-point source means it cannot be determined where the pollution source is
— things like  residential failing septic systems, etc.


The Red Run is having a major overhaul to better handle large storm drain events.
Water coming out of the Kuhn Retention facility in Oakland County,
under Dequindre Road, into Macomb County and the Red Run waterway
– originally came from the sky, aka , Rain Water.

St. Clair Shores, Eastpointe and Roseville spent more than $80 million
in the past decade constructing pollution abatement projects.

The Macomb County Public Works Office has also spent another $7 million
improving the Chapaton pumping system and treatment process.

A sizeable amount of money was spent constructing a three-million gallon canal
next to the 28-million Chapaton treatment basin to hold the permitted
and disinfected discharges before they are released into Lake St. Clair.

City of Fraser spent  $16 million on a water construction/pollution abatement project
that included the construction of 3 1/2 miles of 36-inch sewer lines.

City of Center Line spent about $8.8 million on pollution abatement on six projects
that included manhole rehabilitation, open cut repair, sectional and full length
cured-in-place lining and sewer pipe grouting.

The Illicit Discharge Elimination Program (IDEP) in Macomb County has
permanently removed 77 million gallons of sewage from our waterways
in the last decade by hunting down illicit sewer connections.

Educate your kids and yourself:
– no one  is sweeping sewage off the streets into sewer grates
It’s called a Storm Drain , for rain falling from the sky !



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