The biggest change to stormwater management affecting small business is a new billing system that charges for runoff on individual properties. The Water Department explains the changes this way:
“In the past, customers were charged based on the size of their water meter. While that method is appropriate in some cases, it is often not representative of true stormwater costs. The new method takes into account a property's effect on the system by charging the property for its gross and impervious areas.”
The Water Department has an extensive array of resources on their website to help businesses navigate the changes, including a tool to help you calculate the changes to your bill, details about the program, and important numbers to use if you need more information and help. Grid Magazine has a great article on the subject, too.
If you’re looking to get creative, reduce your bills, and improve the environment around your business, the Water Department has also published a great guide with ideas and inspiration for managing stormwater on your property, from rain barrels and bioswales to porous paving and green roofs. Along the same lines, if you’re looking to gain credits for management systems in place or would like to appeal the billing changes, the city has created a guide for that, too.