Tag: stormwater fees

Stormwater fees are charged from a Stormwater Utility. Stormwater utilities are what a sewer utility is to sewage, and a water utility is to drinking water. It is a “stand-alone” service unit within the County government, which generates revenues through fees for service. A stormwater utility is responsible for funding the operation, construction and maintenance of stormwater management devices, for stormwater system planning, and management. A stormwater utility generates its revenue through user fees and the revenues from the stormwater charges will go into a separate fund that may only be used for stormwater services.

Rainwater Harvesting

Rainwater Harvesting

Although various forms of rainwater harvesting have been used for thousands of years, as an organized industry, it is still in its infancy. At present, no national standards are in place regulating its use, although various states and municipalities have begun promulgating laws concerning how rainwater may (or may not)

Reader Profile: James Pollum

Reader Profile: James Pollum

James Pollum, a civil engineer focusing on environmental hydrology for the Philadelphia Water Department’s stormwater credits and billing program, says “It would be great if people one day viewed stormwater like they view electricity. You turn off the lights when you leave the room to save electricity. We should be

Greening the Urban Water Supply

Greening the Urban Water Supply

According to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), cities and suburbs are among the largest sources of water pollution in many parts of the US. As Lawrence Levine wrote in his NRDC Issue Brief, “Waste Less, Pollute Less: Using Urban Water Conservation to Advance Clean Water Act Compliance,” these cities

Industrial Sites Go Green to Manage Stormwater

Industrial Sites Go Green to Manage Stormwater

Industrial sites have been slow to install green infrastructure. Years ago it didn’t have the track record of success that it has now. Industrial sites often have confined spaces or impervious areas that would have to be removed, adding extra cost. But industrial sites and green infrastructure can be a

How Many Utilities?

How Many Utilities?

Few entities have been so maligned and misunderstood as stormwater utilities. Too many of them have been put down before they’ve had a chance to get going, felled by legal challenges from homeowners and businesses alike. Although utilities can be an effective way to generate money for stormwater services, infrastructure,

Green Infrastructure Sizing Criteria Development

It was the early 1950s and Johnny, who came marching home, wanted a two-bedroom ranch in a tidy neighborhood. From a stormwater (OK, “drainage”) perspective, “tidy” meant efficient drainage with curbed streets. The Rational Method was king. Calculate the 10-year peak flow. Size a pipe to get it to a

Exploring New Partners to Green Our Urban Landscapes

Exploring New Partners to Green Our Urban Landscapes

In the summer of 2012, the managers of the 1330 Boylston apartment complex in Boston, MA, installed a green roof, a stormwater-abating, energy-saving vegetative roofing system, that cost the company about $112,500. Though there’s a commonly held belief in the commercial real estate world that green stormwater management infrastructure doesn’t

Water Consultants Keep an Eye on the Flow

Water Consultants Keep an Eye on the Flow

One of the most pervasive sets of challenges for many water utilities, particularly those in regions with limited water supply, is finding ways to: reduce water usage, supplement existing supplies with new sources, and implement reuse of existing sources. Cutting Usage Tim Malooly, CIC, CLiA, CID, and president of Water

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