Storm Water Basics

Where does your storm water go?  

Do you know where the rainwater that falls on your house and lawn goes when it leaves your property? If you live in Livonia, it goes to one of the branches of the River that flows through the City.  Livonia collects storm water and sanitary wastewater in different sewers, called "separated sewers". Separate storm sewers collect rainwater that falls on our homes, yards, businesses, and streets, and transports it to a nearby river. So, although you may not live adjacent to the Rouge River, the rainwater that falls on your house, driveway and yard ends up in the Rouge.


Citizens have power 

We can all make a difference in preserving and restoring the Rouge River. There are many misconceptions that industry is solely responsible for pollution to our rivers. That’s not true. Things that we do every day are large contributors to a polluted stream. For example, every time oil or antifreeze is dumped down a storm drain we are polluting the river.


But there is more to it than that. Pollution also comes from polluted storm water runoff that enters the storm sewers during a rain storm or snow melt. This storm water picks up pollutants such as fertilizers, pesticides, oil and grease from cars and bacteria from pet wastes. Remember, water that enters storm drains directly discharges to the Rouge River.


However, this doesn't mean we have to block our storm sewers and not let any water enter them. After all, we have storm sewers to reduce flooding. What we can do is make some small changes in our daily habits to reduce the amount of pollution reaching the river.


What if I see someone polluting the River?

More information is available 

For more information on storm water and other tips for protecting the Rouge River, contact the Livonia Department of Public Services at (734) 466-2655