Are sewers and storm drains the same thing?

Most communities like Upton have completely separate systems. The sewer system, also known as the sanitary sewer or wastewater sewage system, conveys household, commercial and industrial wastewater through a separate plumbing system into an underground sewer pipe system. Wastewater in the sanitary sewer system is from sources such as water and waste from sinks, toilets, and washers, to name but a few. Discharges to the sanitary sewer system are conveyed and treated at the Upton Wastewater Treatment Plant prior to being discharged into West River. The storm drain system, on the other hand, discharges primarily untreated stormwater runoff directly into the local water bodies.

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1. Are sewers and storm drains the same thing?
2. What do I do if I observe someone dumping trash and other pollutants into storm drains?
3. What is a Catch Basin?
4. What is a Rain Garden?
5. What is an impervious surface?
6. What is stormwater and why is it a problem?
7. What is surface runoff?
8. What kinds of pollutants are found in the storm drain system?
9. What watershed am I in?