The City’s municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) consists of gutters, inlets, catch basins and channels. Most of the storm water navigates through the MS4 before finally draining into the Whitewater Channel. The MS4 is intended to route storm water quickly from the streets through its drains. However, during a heavy storm, the MS4 also collects urban run-off as it routes this water. Pollutants such as chemicals, trash and debris from lawns, parking lots and streets, either intentionally or accidentally spilled, are drained into the Whitewater Channel; which is ultimately absorbed into our groundwater.
The most common storm water pollutants in Cathedral City are generated from daily activities. These pollutants are picked up as water (from rain, hoses, sprinklers, etc.) drains from streets, parking lots, and lawns and enters the Whitewater Channel untreated. Simply, anything dumped or spilled on the ground and drain into the gutters contributes to storm water pollution. Storm Water Management ProgramThe City's Storm Water Management Program includes, but is not limited to:
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