Why is stormwater runoff a problem?
Stormwater can erode topsoil and stream banks and destroy aquatic habitats. Runoff accumulates in many areas of the city, causing nuisance flooding and possible threats to public health and safety. As the rain falls onto our streets and runs off, it carries with it pollutants such as gasoline, oil, antifreeze and heavy metals. Pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers are washed from lawns and other green spaces. Unlike sanitary sewers that go to a treatment plant, most stormwater is discharged directly to local water bodies. With the passage of time, these pollutants will buildup in our waterways and underground drainage systems causing significant environmental damage to our watershed and lake. These pollutants may also threaten our drinking water supply.

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1. What is stormwater?
2. Why is storm water an issue? We live in a semi-arid area.
3. What do I do if my storm sewer grates are plugged or there is flooding on my street?
4. Who do I call with questions about the storm water charges on my utility bill?
5. Why is stormwater runoff a problem?
6. What’s the difference between a storm drain and a sewer drain?
7. Where does water pollution come from?
8. Who do I report drainage/flooding/pollution problems to? What are some examples of drainage problems?
9. What are the goals of Moses Lake’s stormwater program?
10. What is a Stormwater Utility? What kind of services does the City provide?
11. How can I be exempted from the stormwater charges?
12. How can I reduce my fee?