Rio Vista Stormwater Rate Questions and Answers
Stormwater is water from rain or melting snow that doesn't soak into the ground but instead flows over the ground surface, roads, parking lots, and other paved surfaces, eventually reaching streams, rivers, and lakes.
Stormwater fees and wastewater fees are separate charges that support different aspects of a city's water management infrastructure. The distinction between the two mainly lies in what they are designed to cover.
Stormwater Fees: These are typically used to fund the management and maintenance of a city's stormwater infrastructure. Stormwater systems handle rainwater runoff from roads, rooftops, and other impervious surfaces to prevent flooding, reduce erosion, and protect water quality. The fees might go towards things like storm drain maintenance, street sweeping, flood management projects, and initiatives to improve the quality of stormwater runoff before it reaches local water bodies.
Wastewater Fees: Wastewater fees, sometimes referred to as sewer fees, are used to cover the costs of collecting, treating, and disposing of sewage (domestic and industrial wastewater). This process includes the collection of wastewater from homes and businesses, its treatment at wastewater treatment facilities to remove contaminants and pathogens, and the discharge of the treated water back into the environment in a manner that meets regulatory standards. Find out more about wastewater here.
So, while both fees are related to water management, storm water fees are specifically for managing rainwater runoff and preventing flooding and pollution, while wastewater fees are for managing and treating sewage to protect public health and the environment.
This is like a big-picture view of a stormwater utility's money matters. It looks at how much money is coming in, how much is going out, how much is saved, and how much debt is owed. It also estimates costs for improvements and repairs and identifies how much net revenue (profit) is needed.
This is a fair way to divide the cost among different types of customers. It decides how much each customer should pay based on how much they use the service and local rules (like Prop 21).
This is a close look at how customers are currently charged for the service. The study thinks about other ways the charges could be structured to meet the utility's goals. It considers the current method and two other options, then weighs their pros and cons.