Why A Storm Water Utility
The Utility was formed in response to growing drainage problems stemming from increasing levels of development within the City. These problems have had a direct effect on the City’s storm water drainage system and have demonstrated the need for proper planning, design, construction, and maintenance of the existing and future contributing storm water drainage systems. Further, as the City has grown, these effects have resulted in increased demands on the City’s limited resources (personnel and capital).
In response to the need to finance the storm water operation, the city legislation created a storm water utility. This department shall provide for the labor, equipment, and materials to maintain all city drainage tile and structures, natural waterways, retention and detention basins, control structures, and open ditches.
Storm Water Fees
In creating the Utility, the City declared its intention to establish and impose just and equitable charges on storm water drainage utility users. These charges (user fees) are used to pay the costs directly associated with operating and maintaining the Utility.
The main factor in contributing storm water runoff from a particular property is the amount of impervious surface area on that property. Impervious surfaces are those surfaces which prevent water from soaking into the ground, such as a building roof, parking lot (compacted dirt and gravel lots included), driveway, sidewalk, etc.
Based on the information obtained by the City Engineers, the typical residential property contains 2,530 sq. ft. (square feet) of impervious surface area. The units to be used in determining the appropriate user fee is the ERU (Equivalent Residential Unit). One ERU is 2,530 sq. ft. of impervious surface area. Therefore, all single-family residential properties have, by definition, an ERU rating of 1.0 ERU.
REMEMBER: ONLY RAIN DOWN THE DRAIN!
If I see someone putting leaves, grass clippings or other foreign materials down a storm drain or into the street, what do I do? Please call the Street/Storm Water Dept at (614) 322-5800. There is a city ordinance against this action.
Cigarette butts are litter too!
Fact - Cigarette butts are not biodegradable. They can take over 15 years to break them down while releasing their toxic chemicals. Rainwater carries cigarette butts from sidewalks and streets into our storm sewer system and waterways.
THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW
The intent of the federal storm water regulation is to improve water quality by reducing or eliminating contaminants in storm water.
- Polluted storm water runoff can have many adverse effects on plants, fish, animals and people.
Plastic bags, six-pack rings, bottles, and cigarette butts washed into lakes, streams, or rivers can choke, suffocate, or disable aquatic life like ducks, fish, turtles, and birds.
- Never dump anything down storm drains or in the streams.
Household Hazardous wastes like insecticides, pesticides, paint, solvents, used motor oil, and other auto fluids can poison aquatic life.
- Take your car to the car wash instead of washing it in the driveway. Check your car for leaks and recycle your motor oil. Recycle or properly dispose of household products that contain chemicals. Do not pour them onto the ground or into storm sewers. Used motor oil and transmission fluid is accepted at all AutoZone and Valvoline Instant Oil Change stores.
- Pet waste may contain harmful bacteria and viruses, making water unfit for irrigation, recreation, or other uses.
- Whether you are in your yard or on a walk, dispose of your pet’s waste promptly in the trash or toilet to prevent it from entering storm drains and roadside ditches
- Too much fertilizer or pesticides can easily wash off lawns or gardens into storm drains and then flow untreated into our streams, lakes and rivers.
- Use fertilizers and pesticides sparingly and sweep up driveways, sidewalks, and gutters. Use less toxic pesticides and herbicides, follow labels, and learn how to prevent pest problems.
- Yard clippings and leaves can wash into storm drains and contribute nutrients and organic matter to waterways.
- Sweep up yard waste, grass clippings and leaves. Don’t leave “green waste” in the streets or sweep it into storm drains or sewers. Compost or mulch yard waste, if possible.
- Erosion from single family residential lots individually may not pose a very significant risk; however, numerous residential lots, as found in most subdivisions, can cause excessive amounts of sediment and debris to be carried into the storm sewer system. Sediment can cloud the water and make it difficult or impossible for aquatic plants to grow.
- Do not place piles of soil, mulch, or other landscaping materials in the street or on sidewalks. Sweep up work areas prior to storm events to prevent materials being washed into the storm sewer system.
Latex and water-based paints are water soluble and are not considered hazardous. Paint hardeners, cat litter or sawdust may be added to left over latex paint in order to solidify the unused product. The lid may also be left off to speed up the drying process. Once dried it may be disposed of with your regular trash.
Additional information is available at the following web sites:
To report illegal discharge of pollutants, contact the City of Reynoldsburg Storm Water Utility at (614) 322-5800 or e-mail to: StormWater@ci.reynoldsburg.oh.us