Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Essential Public Radio: Stormwater Utilities Might Become More Popular

On days when the region sees heavy rain, many creeks and streams jump their banks and a slew of sewage systems overflow, pumping raw waste into the region’s rivers. The federal government is trying to eliminate those overflows and has entered into consent decrees with many of the region’s sewage utilities.

The repairs and upgrades required by the decrees will cost the region billions of dollars. Much of that will be born by the customers, but Mt. Lebanon has created a storm water utility that assesses a flat fee on every home and a fee on commercial property based on how much impermeable surface is on their land. The collections go into a special fund created to maintain some 75 miles of sewers, drains, curbs and gutters.

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