Why are the storm water and sewer systems separate?

Unlike waste water, which is treated before it is released back into the environment, storm water goes directly into a community’s ponds, streams and lakes. Because stormwater comes in large amounts at unpredictable times, treating it as waste water would be very expensive.

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1. What is stormwater runoff?
2. What problems does it cause?
3. Why are the storm water and sewer systems separate?
4. What is nonpoint source pollution?
5. What is impervious surface area?
6. How did the city determine impervious surface area?
7. What can I do to reduce pollution in stormwater runoff?