Stormwater Management Utility

History of the Clean Water Act

Growing public awareness and concern for controlling water pollution led to the enactment of the Federal Clean Water Act (CWA).  This law required the US Environmental Protection Agency to address stormwater in two phases of the National Pollutant Elimination System (NPDES):

  • Phase I was promulgated in 1990 address stormwater runoff from:
    • Municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s) generally serving populations of 100,000 or greater.
    • Construction activity disturbing 5 acres of land or greater.
    • 11 categories of industrial activity.
  • Phase II went into effect in early 2003 and expanded the program to include smaller communities (population of less than 100,000) and land disturbance on one acre or greater.

These laws require the City of Pittsburg to educate the public about polluted stormwater runoff; promote residential involvement in reducing polluted stormwater runoff; detect and remove illegal discharges; control construction and post-construction runoff; and take steps to prevent runoff from city buildings and local activities.

 

Stormwater Management Utility

As a result of these laws and in order to provide an appropriate level of funding to maintain and operate the stormwater system, the City of Pittsburg implemented a stormwater management utility in 2003.   The main purpose of the stormwater management utility was to create a dedicated revenue source to finance additional capital improvement projects and to provide an increased level of system maintenance and repair.

The stormwater management utility is funded through a monthly fee paid by the owners of all properties in the City.

Stormwater Utility Fees:

  • The Equivalent Residential Unit (ERU), which means the average impervious area of residential property per dwelling unit located within the City, is 3,106 square feet of impervious area.
  • The ERU Rate, which means the Stormwater Utility Fee charged for each ERU, is $3.86 per month as of January 1, 2017.
  • The Undeveloped Property Rate, which means the Stormwater Utility Fee charged on each acre of Undeveloped Property, is 0 percent.

Contact Information

John Brooks
Operations Superintendent
303 Memorial Dr.
Pittsburg, KS 66762
Email
Phone: (620) 240-5126
Fax: (620) 240-5157