Apply for the Stormwater Utility Fee Credit Program
Now through February 15th, you can apply for credit towards your 2023-2024 SWU fees! To learn more about the different practices that are eligible for a SWU fee credit, view the updated SWU Credit Manual.
To apply online for credits, please follow these steps:
1.) Go to the real estate assessment website here: Real Estate Assessment Search
2.) Type in your property details and click search.
3.) Click "Tax and Fee Info" button. This will take you to a new page.
4.) Scroll all the way to the bottom of the page. It will look like the below screenshot.
5.) Click "Apply for Stormwater Utility Credit" and fill out the application. Our team will be in correspondence with you to let you know the status of your application.
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.