Where does water pollution come from?

Water pollution is difficult to trace to a specific discharge point. Because pollution comes from many diverse sources, it is hard to control. Examples of common pollutants include fertilizers, grass clippings, pesticides, pet waste, sediments, oils and trash that are carried by runoff into the drainage system and environment.

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1. What is stormwater runoff?
2. Why is stormwater runoff a problem?
3. Where does water pollution come from?
4. What are some examples of drainage problems?
5. What is the purpose of storm drains?
6. What’s the difference between a sewer drain and a storm drain?
7. Who owns the stormwater system?
8. What is an impervious area?
9. What are stormwater ponds?
10. Why do we have these ponds in our neighborhoods?
11. Why does my stormwater pond look scummy, turbid or have algae?
12. Can I swim in these ponds?
13. What can I do to help keep my pond looking clean and healthy?