What are catch basins or storm drain inlets?

Catch basins and storm drain inlets are curbside receptacles whose sole function is to catch surface water runoff from rainfall and deliver it to the storm drain system, where it is eventually delivered to rivers and other waterways.

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1. What is Lodi’s storm drain system?
2. What are catch basins or storm drain inlets?
3. Are sewers and storm drains the same thing?
4. Do drain inlets get cleaned out?
5. Why doesn’t the City clean out all the storm drain inlets right before a storm?
6. Why doesn’t the City install filters or screens in front of drain inlets?
7. What types of pollutants are found in the storm drain system?
8. What should I do if I see a neighbor, or know someone who’s throwing trash into a storm drain?