Man­ag­ing storm wa­ter im­pacts

San­dra Ye­ung Racco Rich­mond Hill Ward 4 Coun­cil­lor

Richmond Hill Post - - NEWS -

The City of Vaughan’s ap­proach to man­ag­ing storm wa­ter pro­tects the en­vi­ron­ment, prop­erty and the qual­ity of wa­ter. The city is work­ing on a long-term plan for man­ag­ing the po­ten­tially dam­ag­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pacts of storm wa­ter. Ex­cess runoff can pick up pol­lu­tants be­fore flow­ing into storm drains, drainage ditches and creeks.

This wa­ter is un­treated and doesn’t get nat­u­rally fil­tered by the soil be­fore flow­ing into rivers and lakes that sup­ply our drink­ing wa­ter. Higher and faster wa­ter flow dur­ing storms can re­sult in flood­ing and prop­erty dam­age. It can also im­pact wa­ter qual­ity and re­sult in the loss of aquatic life. Vaughan’s storm wa­ter sys­tem in­cludes more than 1,000 kilo­me­tres of pipes, 18,000 catch basins and 143 storm wa­ter ponds.

The 2016 op­er­at­ing bud­get for main­tain­ing storm wa­ter pro­grams in Vaughan was an es­ti­mated $5.4 mil­lion. To ex­pand ca­pac­ity to ad­dress more chal­lenges, the city will move to an an­nual fund­ing tar­get of $15.3 mil­lion by 2026.

The city’s fund­ing ap­proach cal­cu­lates a fee ac­cord­ing to the amount of rain­wa­ter runoff cus­tomers con­trib­ute.

The storm wa­ter charge is not a new fee as it was pre­vi­ously funded through prop­erty taxes and a waste wa­ter fee. How­ever, start­ing in June, the storm wa­ter charge will ap­pear as a sep­a­rate item on the util­ity bill for res­i­dents, based on prop­erty type. A de­tached home will pay a one-time fee of $50 in 2017. This fee will in­crease to $67.92 by 2026. This ap­proach helps the city man­age storm wa­ter to pro­tect your prop­erty and the en­vi­ron­ment.

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