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CAPITAL REGION WATER OPENS PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD FOR STORMWATER FEE PROPOSAL AND IMPLEMENTATION PLAN: Public Comment Period Through September 25

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Tanya Dierolf

717.216.5259                                                                                                                                                                         

CAPITAL REGION WATER OPENS PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD

FOR STORMWATER FEE PROPOSAL AND IMPLEMENTATION PLAN

Public Comment Period Through September 25

 HARRISBURG, PA (June 27, 2019) — Capital Region Water announces the release of a Stormwater Fee Proposal and Implementation Plan for public review and comment through September 25, 2019. Capital Region Water’s Board of Directors approved the proposal and plan for public review last evening. The document provides funding recommendations for Capital Region Water’s City Beautiful H2O Program, an infrastructure investment program designed to further the foundation for growth in Harrisburg. The program is necessary to improve the health of local waterways, address neighborhood needs such as localized flooding and beautification, and ensure CRW meets its federal and state regulatory obligations. Investments in the City Beautiful H2O Program will total approximately $315 million over the next 20 years.

 

Capital Region Water explored various funding alternatives with the goal of creating an equitable approach that considers the financial capability of City residents. It is recommended that Capital Region Water restructure rates and adopt a stormwater fee. The proposed fee is based on the amount of stormwater each property generates. The amount of stormwater generated is determined by the area of impervious surface, such as asphalt, concrete, and buildings, on each property. If Capital Region Water continues to follow the existing rate structure, wastewater rates (based on drinking water consumption) would instead increase to cover necessary expenses. Under that scenario, residential customers, arguably those who can afford it the least, would face a more significant rate increase compared to a fee applied to both residential and non-residential properties.

 

“Capital Region Water is committed to pursuing the most equitable means of meeting clean water commitments,” said Capital Region Water’s CEO Charlotte Katzenmoyer. “A stormwater fee lessens the burden on residential customers as it measures the impact a property has on our wastewater system and charges larger property owners that generate more stormwater their fair share of the cost of our program. The larger the impact, the larger the fee. It also provides incentive to manage or reduce stormwater onsite.”

 

Under the proposal and plan, single family residential customers will be assessed a flat monthly fee based on the amount of impervious area covering the property. The average residential property contains just over 1,000 square feet of impervious area and would see a flat fee of $6.15 per month. Added onto a typical residential wastewater bill of $29.45 in 2020, a residential customer would be paying a total of $35.60. Without a stormwater fee, a typical residential customer would see a more significant wastewater rate increase and would have to pay $38.74 per month. Residential properties with a larger impervious area as well as non-residential properties would see a site-specific fee assessed based on impervious area based on the same flat rate of $6.15 per 1,000 square feet per month.

 

Capital Region Water’s Board of Directors will take public comments into account before acting to restructure rates later this fall. Public comments will be accepted online, by mail, and in person at upcoming meetings. All relevant documents and an opportunity to provide comments are available at capitalregionwater.com/cbh2o/. A hard copy of the proposal and plan is also available at 212 Locust Street, Suite 500, Harrisburg, PA 17101. Community organizations, businesses, and other interested parties are invited to request additional presentations of the Plan by phone at 888-510-0606 or email at info@capitalregionwater.com.

 

 

 

Tanya Dierolf | Sustainability & Strategic Projects Manager

888‑510‑0606 | 717-216-5259 (o)

Capital Region Water

212 Locust Street, Suite 500 | Harrisburg, PA 17101

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