What are the benefits of a stormwater utility?

A stormwater utility covers the critical service of carrying stormwater runoff away from properties, conveying it within the city’s combined sewer system to treatment facilities and ultimately discharging it to the Detroit River. Properly operated stormwater infrastructure prevents flooding and backups, expensive repairs, and pollution of natural waterways. While the city currently operates a combined sewer system, the method of funding this operation and the associated costs for treatment has been determined to be outdated by current standards. The city’s proposed stormwater utility will proportionally bill users for their use of the system and will encourage activities that promote better stormwater management and lessen the burdens of the system, making the existing infrastructure more adaptable to severe rain events.

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1. Who else has a stormwater utility?
2. Why is stormwater run-off a problem?
3. What are some examples of pervious & impervious surface areas
4. How is hard surface area calculated?
5. What are the benefits of a stormwater utility?
6. How did you measure the hard surface area on my property?
7. How does the sewer system work?
8. Are roads and public rights-of-way charged the stormwater utility fee?
9. Why should I have to pay for rain falling on my property?
10. As part of the settlement agreement in Schroeder vs. The City of Royal Oak, MUST the city implement a stormwater utility?