Stormwater’s Transition to Quality Drinking Water

The water that comes from our kitchen faucets and bathtubs comes from one of two sources, groundwater or surface water. The levels of pollution could vary in both water sources.

Sewer PicHow does it work? In many towns and cities, the major source of water pollution today is urban storm water runoff, which comes from rainwater flowing into street catch basins. Fortunately, it’s not that rainwater is terribly unhealthy, but as it flows over the pavement, it picks up untreated waste products from our streets, yards, and other places. Have you ever seen someone toss a cigarette out of their car? Or spill a drink in a parking lot? When this happens, the newly polluted runoff flows to our drinking water sources (i.e. rivers, streams, and lakes). The City of Murfreesboro is working to reduce the problem as the stormwater staff of our Murfreesboro Water Resources Department, along with other City departments, take extensive measures to protect our drinking water sources.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the State of Tennessee require the City of Murfreesboro to implement a stormwater quality program. This stormwater program includes erosion and sediment control; elimination of wastewater and sewage illicit discharges to the stormwater system; and treatment of stormwater runoff from new development.

We stand by our mission at the Murfreesboro Water Resources Department in being a premier water resource enterprise that protects our water supplies to provide our customers with safe drinking water, always.

**The World Health Organization (WHO) has a searchable database of information about water quality, sanitation, and multiple other health statistics for more than 190 countries available online at www.who.int/whosis/en 

**If you have any questions regarding the storm water process, contact the Murfreesboro Storm Water program at 615-848-3200. 

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