What is Stormwater?
Stormwater runoff occurs when rain or melting snow flows across land and impervious surfaces like roofs, driveways, parking lots, streets, and other hard surfaces. Because these impervious surfaces don't allow stormwater to soak into the ground, the runoff can cause flooding. As it flows across the ground, stormwater runoff may pick up pollutants like grease, oil, pet waste, fertilizer, metals, and other pollutants before entering the City's storm drain system. Stormwater is not treated, so the City's storm drains lead directly to local waterways, such as Taylor Run, Four Mile Run, Strawberry Run, Timber Branch, Hooffs Run, Holmes Run, Backlick Run, Cameron Run, and ultimately, the Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay. Unless stormwater is first treated, the pollution picked up by the stormwater runoff enters our waterways. Stormwater pollution and flooding harms our environment, pets and wildlife, and can damage property.
How Do I Appeal my SWU Fee?
You may request an adjustment to the fee if there is an error on your bill. Appeals are due June 15th within 30 days of billing.
Pay your stormwater utility fee even if you’ve submitted an appeal, because payments are applied first to fees, then to any prior period outstanding balance. This may cause late payment penalty and interest to the assessed on the current tax and fees, if the total due is not paid by the respective due date of the real estate property tax bill.
Once you’ve submitted an appeal, the City will review and make a determination upon the receipt of a complete application, including any additional information requested by the City. If a petition to adjust your fee is approved, you will receive a revised bill or payment credit. There are two ways to apply for a appeal.
- Submit an appeal through the Real Estate Website.
If you have any questions, please contact Stormwater@alexandriava.gov
Flood Action Alexandria
Flood Action Alexandria is an initiative to address flooding issues that arise in our community. Minimizing flooding is a shared public-private responsibility, and the City is committed to working with its residents and businesses to mitigate the impacts of flooding and build community resiliency.
Stormwater carries pollutants from hard surfaces to our local waterways, and can contribute to poor water quality. Learn more about stormwater quality, what stormwater BMPs are, and what the City is doing to protect our local streams, the Potomac River, and the Chesapeake Bay.
Our everyday activities can impact stormwater quality in positive or negative ways. It’s up to all of us to do our parts. Learn what you can do to get involved and help out around your home, yard, or business to help improve water quality in our local streams, the Potomac River, and the Chesapeake
Did you know that only rain should enter the storm system? Learn more about what illicit discharges are, why only rain and snow melt should enter the storm sewer system, and what to do if you see a weird color in a stream.