Storm drains are designed to handle normal water flow, but occasionally during heavy rain, flooding will occur.
Our goal is to limit the number of flooding incidents by keeping the drains clear.
Unlike sewage, which goes to treatment plants, stormwater runoff flows untreated through a storm drain system. That means that anything thrown, swept or poured into the street, gutter, or a catch basin (curbside openings that lead into the storm drain system) can flow directly into streams and rivers. This includes pollutants like trash, pet waste, motor oil, anti-freeze, runoff from pesticides and fertilizers, and toxic household chemicals.
To build awareness and educate the public, Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority manages a Storm Drain Stenciling Program throughout its served communities. The stencils serve as friendly reminders that only rain should go down the drains. For more information, please contact WVSA.