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HOW SEWER CLOGS CAUSE SPILLS AND BEACH CLOSURES

1. Sewer pipes take our dirty water away after we use it.

Home sewer drain

2. There are two pipes that run under the street — sanitary sewers and storm drains. Sanitary sewers collect water from fixtures inside buildings such as toilets, sinks, and washers. Storm drains collect water that flows into street gutters.

Sanitary sewers and storm drains run under the streets

3. When sanitary sewers get clogged, sewage backs up into the street and flows into the storm drains.

Sewer overflow winds up in storm drains.

4. The water in storm drains does not get cleaned up. Almost all storm drains flow to the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, either directly or indirectly.

Nearly all storm drains empty into the bay.

 

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