Storm water is the precipitation that falls from the sky, whether rain or snow. This precipitation gathers in the street gutters and leads into a network of storm drains throughout the City. Sometimes, storm water infiltrates the sanitary sewer system. This is sometimes caused by broken pipes, open joints or advanced corrosion in a very aged water collection system. Another source is where storm sewers were connected to sanitary sewers as a matter of convenience in the past.
Massive storm water dilution of a sanitary sewer system greatly impairs the ability of the wastewater plant to treat domestic and industrial waste. For example, our normal flow of about 7 million gallons per day (MGD) will approach 20 MGD with a heavy rainstorm. Couple this increase with open joints or broken pipes in the sanitary sewer system and there can be serious problems for our clean water supply.
For more information, or if you have questions please contact:
- Wastewater Treatment
- Phone: (518) 843-3897
- Fax: (518) 842-4243