When it rains or excess outdoor water usage makes it to the street, the runoff flows into the storm drain system. In our region, the storm drain system and the sewer system do not connect. For cities along the Monterey Peninsula, the storm drain system flows directly to the Monterey Bay without treatment, making it critical community members follow guidelines for outdoor water usage. Learn more through the Monterey Stormwater Education and Alliance website coordinated by the Monterey Regional Stormwater Management Program. In the city of Salinas, the storm drain system flows untreated to its creeks, the Reclamation Ditch, or the Salinas River—all of this water eventually drains into the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. When additional source water is needed to meet water recycling demands, the runoff can be diverted to the Monterey One Water Regional Treatment Plant.