Why do I have to pay a stormwater utility fee?

Everyone in the city benefits from the Stormwater Management Program. If stormwater runs off your property, the city must have a program in place to manage the increase in runoff and pollution. Other benefits of the program include providing safer roadways and improving water quality. When water is polluted, we all pay in one way or another. The stormwater utility fee is similar to fees paid for water and sewer service, trash collection, or electricity.

All developed land in the city, whether public or private, is billed based on the impervious area on the property. The City of Durham even pays a stormwater utility fee for the impervious areas at its facilities. 

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1. What is stormwater?
2. Why do we need to worry about stormwater?
3. Why do I have to pay a stormwater utility fee?
4. If stormwater causes so many problems, why don’t we treat it along with our sanitary sewage?