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Preventing Water Pollution
Wastewater Paths Poster
 Wastewater Paths: Where does all the water go? View the full-size poster.

Indoors
Water from tubs, toilets, and taps inside homes travels through pipes to the San Jose/Santa Clara Water Pollution Control Plant where it is treated and then discharged into the southern San Francisco Bay (Bay). Proper disposal of household waste keeps pollutants out of the sanitary sewer system and protects the health of  the Bay. Learn how to properly dispose of the following items to prevent water pollution:

Outdoors
Water that enters our City storm drain system flows untreated into the nearest creek or river and ultimately to the San Francisco Bay. Stormwater runoff, in the form of rain or irrigation water, collects pollutants by flowing over sidewalks, driveways, curbs, and landscaping. Proper disposal or maintenance of the following items can keep outdoor pollutants from entering the storm drain system: