What is Stormwater?
Stormwater is untreated water that flows over driveways, lawns, sidewalks, and streets. This includes water from rain, irrigation, car-washing, and even that cooler of ice that you may empty As this water flows over these surfaces it picks up debris, chemicals, fertilizers, auto fluids, and other pollutants before entering into the stormwater system, and eventually to our waterways. Urban stormwater is considered to be one of the largest untreated pollution sources in the country.
Our Management Program
The City of Deerfield Beach Stormwater Management program focuses on properly draining surface water to protect the environment. Our stormwater system includes residential swales, water retention ponds, underground pipes, canals, and lakes. By properly disposing of harmful materials and taking care of our properties, we can work together to protect our waterways.
- What is Stormwater?
Stormwater is any precipitation that falls from the sky. Stormwater can soak into the soil (infiltrate), be held on the surface and evaporate, or runnoff and end up in nearby streams, rivers, or other water bodies.
- What is meant by the “Stormwater System?”
The stormwater system consists of all the gutters, inlets, storm drain piping, swales, and water bodies.
- Why are we being charged for Stormwater?
The City is required to meet service and permit obligations mandated by federal and state regulatory programs. The stormwater utility allows the City to meet those service obligations, expand the level of services in our community, and become solvent through cost recovery associated with those services. Several projects have been identified that will lessen the impact of local flooding, and these projects will be paid in part from the revenue generated by the stormwater fees.
- Will all properties have to pay the fee?
All properties within the City limits that are developed will pay a fee.
- Why do I participate in the Stormwater Program if my subdivision is built-out and has an adequate storm sewer system already?
All properties in the City contribute stormwater to the system, so all should contribute to the costs of operating the system. A portion of the utility’s revenues will be used to maintain and to make stormwater capacity improvements (pipes, structures, and water body), as well as address stormwater quality on our aging system. As facilities age, they require a higher level of maintenance and eventual replacement. Stormwater quality is an environmental concern that was not previously addressed with older systems and will need to be addressed with any new improvements.
- Are developers responsible for managing Stormwater on new development?
Yes, all new development and re-development is required to follow existing City ordinances that require them to build, at their expense, storm sewer systems, and stormwater detention facilities to manage the runoff generated by their developments.
- Does this mean the City will take care of the drainage in my yard?
No, the City will take care of stormwater pipes within easements and rights of way. Property owners are responsible for mowing and general landscape care in easements, as well as other yard areas, including portions of the right of way that front their property.
- How will this fee be billed?
The fee will be added to the monthly water and sewer utility bills as a separate line item. Water and wastewater bills issued after October 1, 2018, will include the stormwater charges. The Stormwater Fee is not a tax, but a fee for service like the water and wastewater utility. Citizens will benefit from the Stormwater Fee through a better-maintained storm sewer system, increased control of local flooding, and improved surface water quality. Florida Statutes authorize the creation of this utility and the City enacted this charge by ordinance and resolution of the City Commission. The City and the County each provide water and sewer services within the City limits. Due to delays associated with starting billing services, the City billing began with a two months retroactive billing cycle and the County will begin billing in April 2019 with a seven-month retroactive billing cycle. All subsequent bills will be monthly.
- How much will I have to pay?
The fee is assessed at $3.75 per equivalent residential unit (ERU). All single-family homes are treated as one ERU. All residential subcategories are assessed at a flat rate per the multiplier in the following table. As an example, a townhome is assessed at 0.67 ERU x $3.75 = $2.51.
Residential Subcategory Cost per Month Single Family Detached Home $3.75 Townhouse $2.51 Mobil $3.53 Duplex $5.25 Triplex $7.43 Quadplex $7.43 Condominium $1.61
- How are Commercial properties charged?
The ERU is a billing unit defined by ordinance as an impervious surface with a measurement of 2,788 sq. ft. Commercial parcels with the Utility’s service area (non-flat rate parcels) were individually measured using GIS/aerial photography to determine the extent of each parcel’s impervious area, which was converted to ERUs by dividing by 2,788 sq ft/ERU. As an example, a large apartment complex with retail that measures 27,880 sq. ft. of imperious area will be divided by 2,788 sq. ft./ERU for a total of 10 ERU’s. In turn, each ERU is billed at $3.75 for a total monthly cost of $37.50.
- We maintain a private system and pay maintenance on surface water license to the County, why do we have to pay a separate City municipal Stormwater Fee?
The City’s stormwater utility fee is a citywide utility established across all properties within the City and assessed on all facilities within the City to implement a citywide stormwater management system that provides for the collection, storage, treatment, and conveyance of stormwater that are a benefit to all residents within the City. The state and county requirements for surface water management for development are a requirement of all properties across the board irrespective of local municipal stormwater systems. The local fee is assessed simply as an equitable method for funding our maintenance and improvements of this utility for the benefit of the entire City.
- What benefits are associated with a Stormwater utility?
The benefits include funding for improved services for flood reduction, water quality management, planning and studies to improve water quality and flood reduction, risk assessments, improved operation and maintenance, water quality monitoring, capital improvements, GIS database management, National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (Federal Program) compliance, capital improvements, and natural resources restoration.
Stormwater Utility Fees & Map
|Equivalent Residential Unit (ERU) Measurement||1 ERU = 2,788 square feet|
|Classification||Number of ERUs / Parcel|
|Condo / Coop||0.43|
|Residential > 4 dwelling units||Impervious Area sq ft / 2,788|
|Non-residential||Impervious Area sq ft / 2,788|
|Vacant (undeveloped) Residential / Non-residential||Impervious Area sq ft / 2,788|
|ERU Rate (Monthly)||$3.75|
|Stormwater Facts: How you can prevent Stormwater pollution.|
|Don’t throw, pour, or sweep anything down the storm drains.|
|Recycle used motor oil and maintain your ride to prevent fluid leaks.|
Scoop up your pet’s poop! Dispose of the waste in the trash.
|Participate in neighborhood cleanup and get involved.|
|Don’t blow yard waste into the street.|
|New and updated infrastructure can help prevent Stormwater flooding.|
|Be smart when you use pesticides or fertilizers.|
|Only rain down the drain.|
|Help protect our economy by preventing stormwater runoff!|
|Using commercial car washes when washing your car can prevent stormwater pollution.|
|Keep storm drains clean and make sure the City keeps its stormwater system up to date.|