110 S. Main Street
Springville, UT 84663
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Frequently Asked Questions
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Storm Water Fees
Is Springville the only city that has a storm water fee?
Springville City is not the only city that has a storm water fee. The following is a partial list of cities in Utah County and the fees they charge per equivalent residential connection:
Monthly Rate per ERC (Residents = 1 ERC)
Alpine — $5.00
American Fork — $6.00
Lindon — $6.18
Mapleton — $5.00
Orem — $5.25
Payson — $5.43
Provo — $6.99
Pleasant Grove — $13.09
Spanish Fork — $6.42
Springville — $5.04
Please keep in mind that everyone’s definition of an ERC is a little bit different. While this doesn’t impact a resident, it makes a big difference to a business. For example, Spanish Fork defines an ERC as 3,200 sq. ft. of impervious surface while Springville defines it as 3,800 sq. ft.
My business or subdivision collects our storm water in a pond, why am I being charged?
Almost every business and subdivision in Springville City has some form of on-site detention or control for storm water. These structures are designed to slow down the storm water and release it more slowly as well as to allow some of it to percolate into the ground.
The overflow and released water is handled by the storm drain system. In addition to the maintenance of the actual storm drain system, money from this fee is being used to meet other requirements placed upon the City by the Federal Government.
What are the “other requirements” placed upon the City by the Federal Government?”
The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permitting program requires the City to comply with six minimum control measures that include:
- Public involvement
- Public participation
- Illicit dischage detection and elimination
- Construction site runoff
- Post construction inspections
- Public facilities good housekeeping
My storm water flows into an irrigation or drainage ditch. What does the City have to do with them?
The Springville Irrigation Company, the Utah County Drainage District and other smaller irrigation companies have been great partners with Springville City in handling storm flows to reduce the risk of flooding your home or business. These entities have handled the majority of the storm flow structures for the City for decades.
Over the past few years, the City has worked closely with these entities to determine a long-term plan for the handling of city storm water. Some of the planning of this is still in process. Springville City is contractually bound to pay for the services these outside entities provide. Thus, even if your water goes into an irrigation ditch, Springville City is paying for the service.
Can the City guarantee that my home and property won’t be flooded out in a storm?
Unfortunately, Springville City cannot guarantee that your home will not be flooded out in a storm. The storm drain system, authorized by the City Council, was designed to provide protection against storm runoff created by a storm of a magnitude that should occur only once in 10 years.
With good engineering and planning, new and rejuvenated areas are designed so that storm water would be kept from homes and buildings in a storm happening only once in a 100 years, wherever possible. In addition, we know from our planning that some areas of town are deficient. This means that the current system won’t protect against a 10-year storm. The City will be using funds from this fee to correct these deficiencies.
Most of the time the problem with flooding near a storm drain inelet is caused by a plugged grate. Regular sweeping and clearing of the gutter in front of your home will go along way to keep these storm drain inlets working properly.
If you live in an area that experiences frequent flooding problems, please contact the Public Works Department at (801) 491-2780.