Stormwater Utility

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Stormwater Advisory Group Report (75.4kb pdf)

What Are the Goals & Benefits of a Stormwater Utility?Stream

  • Improve public health and safety
  • Insure healthier habitats for town streams, the New River and the Roanoke River
  • Protect a primary drinking water source, the New River
  • Dedicate funding to comply with federal and state regulations
  • Improve customer service and reduce the backlog of resident complaints by funding infrastructure improvement projects for problem areas
  • Reduce long-term capital costs through routine and proactive maintenance
  • Improve water quality by treating surface, (non-point source), runoff
  • Minimize stream bank erosion

Who Regulates Stormwater?

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
  • Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System permit holders

What Other Localities Have a Stormwater Utility?


Several localities throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia have established stormwater utilities, some since the early 1990s, including:

  • Lynchburg
  • Staunton
  • Richmond
  • Portsmouth
  • Norfolk

Why Is Stormwater So Important?

Urban stormwater runoff is the number one source of surface water pollution in the United States. It is precipitation from rain or snow that does not soak into the ground.

How Much Will I Have to Pay?

Town Council has approved a residential $6 per month fee.

All other uses would be charged based upon a tiered rate shown below; these uses include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Commercial Property
  • Industrial Property
  • Churches and non-profits
  • Multi-family with more than four units 
  • The minimum charge proposed is $6 monthly per unit.
Square feet of impervious surface area Monthly Fee
0 to 3,300 $6.00
3,300 to 6,800 $6.00
6,800 to 10,000 $12.36
10,000 to 20,000 $18.18
20,000 to 30,000 $36.36
30,000 to 40,000 $54.55
40,000 to 50,000 $72.73
50,000 to 60,000 $90.91
60,000 to 70,000 $109.09
70,000 to 80,000 $127.27
80,000 to 90,000 $145.45
90,000 to 100,000 $163.64
100,000 to 125,000 $181.82
125,000 to 150,000 $227.27
150,000 to 175,000 $272.73
175,000 to 200,000 $318.18
200,000 to 250,000 $363.64
250,000 to 300,000 $454.55
300,000 to 350,000 $545.45
350,000 to 400,000 $636.36
400,000 to 450,000 $727.27
450,000 to 500,000 $818.18
500,000 to 600,000 $909.09
600,000 to 700,000 $1,090.91
700,000 to 800,000 $1,272.73
800,000 to 900,000 $1,454.55
900,000 to 1,000,000 $1,636.36
1,000,000 to greater $1,818.18


How Was the Fee Determined?

The proposed fee is based on the anticipated annual budget for routine infrastructure maintenance and compliance with current regulations, as well as costs associated with future improvements to mitigate significant, existing stormwater problems within the town.

StreamWhy Not Raise Taxes?

Unlike services funded through taxes, stormwater utilities, by law, cannot be diverted to other uses unrelated to stormwater. Charges are based on total impervious area, a more equitable basis for funding.

Who Is Exempt from Paying the Fee?

As per the Code of Virginia, properties with a federal stormwater permit are exempt, including

  • VDOT rights-of-way
  • Virginia Tech
  • Town properties

All other properties would be required to pay the proposed fee.


Town Council has extended the submittal deadline for all credit applications until July 1, 2015

Stormwater Utility Credits 9-23-2014 (93kb pdf)
Stormwater Utility Credit Manual (1.57mb pdf)
Stormwater Utility Credit Application Form (1.6mb pdf)

Town Council has adopted a credit system for the stormwater utility.  Credit will be given for new or existing stormwater management facilities that are certified to reduce runoff.  Certification is proposed to be valid for 5 years.  Proposed credit system will not reduce the stormwater bill to below 1 SBU. 

Stormwater Quantity Control (entire site)



1 year storm



2 year storm



10 year storm



25 year storm



100 year storm



Stormwater Quality Control (to current standards)



Channel & Flood Protection Compliance (new regs)



Maximum total credit per property



Staff Presentation to Town Council, March 18 Work Session

Stormwater Utility Ordinance Presentation (621kb pdf)

Town Council Presentation by the Stormwater Stakeholders Group, February 11, 2014

Town Council Presentation by the Stormwater Stakeholders Group on February 11, 2014 (Video Link) 

Stormwater Informational Video


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