The Riverton City Storm Water Utility was created in 2010 to fund programs necessary to comply with the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permit set forth by The Federal Clean Water Act of 1972.
The MS4 Permit requires cities to protect streams, rivers, and lakes, in their jurisdictions, from polluted storm water. Protecting water bodies require dedicated personnel, equipment and continual management of stormwater protection programs.
All properties impact the quality of water discharged to surface and groundwater systems. In addition, all property owners use the roadways for access to their property. The roadway storm drain systems we all use must be drained and also managed to protect water resources. To equitably apply the stormwater fees, as much as possible, most MS4's base the fee on individual property runoff impacts. Therefore property owners who generate a larger amount runoff and pollutants are responsible for their greater proportional share.
In Riverton City, residential, commercial, institutional and industrial properties all pay a stormwater utility fee. Cities in accordance to the relatively new Stormwater Industry usually base the fee on what is called a Equivalent Residential Unit (ERU) which put simply is impervious area that generates runoff expected from residential properties in the City. The runoff expected from residential properties is estimated by measuring the impervious area of representative residential property samples of varying , density, size and market type unique to City. All residential properties pay the same unit fee but commercial, institutional and industrial properties all pay an amount based on the increase impact relative to the residential impact or ERU. This is intended to facilitate a means for all properties to pay an amount relative to their own runoff and pollution impact.
Below is information and applications for adjusting Stormwater Utility Fee amounts.
Common question regarding Stormwater Utility Fees.
- Utility Fee Facts
Residential property owner's who feel their ability to pay the monthly fee is not possible based on their unique financial circumstances may apply for a fee reduction.
Commercial, institutional and industrial property owner's who feel their Stormwater Utility Fee is in error may apply for a stormwater utility fee amendment by requesting current measurements of their impervious surfaces.
Property owners who desire to reduce their fee, may apply for a Stormwater Utility Fee reduction by complying with the terms of the Utility Fee Adjustment Application. The application includes creating a Long-Term Stormwater Management Plan and entering into a maintenance Agreement to build and maintain flood and water quality control infrastructure and reduce their property impact comparable to the newest development built to current City standards.