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What is a stormwater utility charge?


Just like the charges we receive for our water rates (i.e., drinking water), a stormwater utility fee is a fair user-pays charge for private and commercial property’s impact on their stormwater runoff. Most charges that have been adopted are billed like other utilities – for example, in quarterly rates notices.

The charge is commensurate to the cost of managing a property’s stormwater from its impervious surface – this fee pays for the implementation and maintenance of the assets that treat stormwater conveyed from these properties. This funding helps to pay for stormwater assets with a variety of benefits, including – flood mitigation, removal of pollution and contaminants provide better social living and local economic gains.

Learn more by visiting our Stormwater Utilities Charge page.