Create an Account - Increase your productivity, customize your experience, and engage in information you care about.
Show All Answers
More than 1,500 local governments across 40 states have enacted this type of utility, including the cities of:
· Bloomfield Twp.
· Oak Park
· Oakland Twp.
When it rains, the water (often called runoff or stormwater) runs off roofs and driveways into the street catch basins. Runoff picks up fertilizer, oil, pesticides, dirt, bacteria and other pollutants as it makes its way through storm drains to the Detroit Water & Sewerage Department (DWSD) wastewater treatment plant.
The City of Royal Oak is charged by DWSD for treating our combined stormwater and sanitary sewerage.
When property owners take action to soak up the rain, we keep rain closer to where it falls and reduce the runoff from our roofs, driveways, and parking lots. Reducing runoff can help prevent water pollution, reduce flooding and lowers the amount of treatment needed.
For billing purposes, charges will be based on impervious or hard surface areas.
The diagram on the right shows impervious areas of the property above in gray and pervious areas in blue.
The impervious areas (show in gray in the example) of a property will be calculated to the square foot and are billable.
The area in yellow (the sidewalk and street right-of way) are non-billable.