In July 2011, the City of Roswell began assessing a stormwater utility fee. Most homes in Roswell will see a $3.95/month charge on their sanitation/utility bill for stormwater management. However most customers will also see little change in their overall bill since this fee will be offset by a reduction in the sanitation fee. The stormwater utility fee will pay to maintain and improve the City’s stormwater system.
The City of Roswell is facing an increasing and complex set of challenges as our stormwater drainage and control system ages and the City continues to expand and prosper. Stormwater runoff and the effects it is having on our aging infrastructure are a growing concern for the City. Maintaining and improving this system is imperative if we are to prevent flooding, guard against property damage and protect the economic development and quality of life of our citizens.
What is Stormwater?
Stormwater runoff is the water that flows from rooftops, sidewalks, parking lots, streets, driveways, yards and other surfaces into our creeks and streams. Most people don’t think about stormwater unless they are driving through flooded streets or experiencing flooding in their yards. Stormwater runoff also contributes to other problems that are less obvious than flooded streets. Stormwater becomes a problem when it runs off “impervious” or hardened surfaces and picks up pollutants such as fertilizers from yards, pet waste, oils, and pesticides and carries them to the nearest stream or lake, degrading the water quality.
About Clean Water Regulations
The Clean Water Act of 1972 requires local governments to implement stormwater management programs in order to prevent harmful pollutants from degrading our waterways. These regulations, combined with State stormwater regulations, an aging infrastructure and the deferral of needed capital projects, has resulted in local governments like Roswell developing and implementing comprehensive stormwater management programs.
What does the Stormwater Management Program accomplish?
The City of Roswell is improving water quality, addressing water quantity and managing the drainage infrastructure through the Stormwater Management Program.
Specific measures the City must manage and address include:
The goals of the City’s Stormwater Management Program include:
- Public education and involvement;
- Illicit discharge detection and elimination;
- Construction site runoff control and post-construction runoff control;
- Litter control,
- Floodplain management;
- Watershed planning;
- Water quality monitoring;
- Drainage systems operation and maintenance;
- Capital improvement program planning.
- Complying with State and Federal regulations;
- Keeping major roadways passable in heavy storm events and avoiding flooding of homes and businesses;
- Keeping streams healthy for human consumption and wildlife;
- Replacing aging infrastructure; and
- Performing necessary routine maintenance of infrastructure.
What is a Stormwater Utility?
A stormwater utility is a method of generating the required funds to cover the expense of operating the City of Roswell’s Stormwater Management program. The fee paid is based on the amount of impervious surface area on each developed property in the City. Impervious surfaces are those areas that prevent rainfall from infiltrating into the ground. Examples of typical impervious surfaces found on most properties include rooftops, driveways, sidewalks, patios, parking lots, storage sheds, etc. Those properties with less impervious surface will pay less than properties with larger impervious areas
Stormwater Utility Fee Rate Structure
Stormwater Utility Fee Calculations
The City has developed a rate schedule to ensure equity is reflected in the bills. All residential customers will be divided into four classes based on the amount of impervious surface area on their property.
Impervious Surface Range
|Residential Tier 1
||Up to 3,400 square feet
|Residential Tier 2
||3,401 - 4,950 square feet
|Residential Tier 3
||4,951 - 10,000 square feet
||More than 10,000 square feet
1 / 4,100 square feet
$3.95 / 4,100 square feet
1 / 4,100 square feet
$3.95 / 4,100 square feet
- Most homes in Roswell fall within the second tier on the chart and will pay $3.95 per month
- Commercial properties will receive a bill based on their actual impervious surface area
Storm Drainage System
The storm drainage system is a network of pipes, open ditches, and other structures that collect and transport stormwater runoff to the nearest stream or lake. The City of Roswell has an Extent of Service (EOS)
that describes the components of the storm drainage system maintained by the City.
Typical inspections for a resident of the City could include drainage easement, detention / retention pond, and stream inspections.
Drainage System Investigator
The City of Roswell Stormwater Management Program employs a Drainage System Investigator whose responsibilities include inspection of the public storm drainage system for proper function and regulatory compliance, including:
- Initiating a work order for the Operations and Maintenance crew to complete when deficiencies are found. This work order list is currently backlogged approximately nine months
- Responding to citizen inquiries to determine the cause and possible remedy to drainage problems
- Managing the rip-rap (large stone used for erosion control) policy for the City which allows for a one-time delivery of rip-rap to assist citizens with erosion issues in easements
To contact the Drainage System Investigator, please call 770-641-3707.