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A comprehensive program is needed to:- Improve the water quality of local rivers and streams- Reduce flooding- Improve stormwater drainage- Ensure that the city is in compliance with tough, new regulations required by the U.S. EPA.
The residential rate will be used in the calculation for non-residential properties. In the calculation, the flat residential rate equals one “equivalent residential unit” or ERU. One ERU=2,800 sq. feet of hard surface (impervious) area.
Non-residential property owners will be charged based on the number of ERUs of hard surface on their property. For example, if a commercial property has three times as much hard surface area as the average residence (8,400 sq. feet or 3 ERUs), its stormwater charge would be three times the residential rate per month. The rate per ERU that has been approved by City Council is: $2.95 per month per ERU.
Stormwater also picks up a lot of things on its way to area streams and rivers – litter, road salt, lawn and garden chemicals and more. Backyard mechanics that drain oil, antifreeze or gas into the storm sewer pose a threat to the environment.