Storm Water

About Storm Water
Where does our water go? All the water we use inside our homes goes directly to the septic system or to a sanitary sewer system and then to a wastewater treatment plant where it is cleaned and released back into our creeks, streams, and lakes cleaner than when it started.

Storm water is the water outside of our homes, such as the rainwater that falls on:
  • Driveways
  • Lawns
  • Parking lots
  • Roads
  • Roadside ditches
  • Streets
  • Roofs
It is not always easy to tell where this “storm water” goes after it gets to the gutter, storm drain, street, or ditch. The storm water flows from these places to our creeks, streams, and lakes, but is not cleaned before it gets there.

Video Resources
An illustration showing the collection of stormwater
Pollution Control for a Healthy Aurora
The storm water from our roofs, gutters, lawns, driveways, parking lots, roads, and roadside ditches picks up trash and pollution. This pollution includes oil and antifreeze that drips from our cars, excess fertilizer and pesticides from our lawns, litter, grass clippings, leaves, and pet waste. Once pollution is picked up by the rainwater it moves through gutters, storm sewers, and ditches to our creeks, streams, and lakes where it can cause health and safety problems for us and the living things in them.

Because we live on or near Lake Erie, and most of northeast Ohio’s rainwater flows from creeks and streams to the Lake, we not only affect the health of our creeks, but the health of our lake, its beaches, and our drinking water supply. Rainwater from roofs, lawns, driveways, streets, roadside ditches, and parking lots in Aurora drain to small creeks that flow into the Chagrin River and Tinkers Creek (to the Cuyahoga River) and then to Lake Erie. This rainwater has a direct impact on some of our greatest assets in this area, the Chagrin River, Tinkers Creek, Cuyahoga River and Lake Erie.

Aurora is working to make sure that creeks and streams running through our community are clean and free of pollutants to help keep the Chagrin River and Tinkers Creek (to the Cuyahoga River) and Lake Erie watershed a healthy place for our use and enjoyment. But there are many ways you can help keep our water clean, save money, and prevent problems. It is important that we work together to keep our creeks and streams healthy.