City is seeking your input on a proposed splitting of your water bill to charge for the stormwater management portion separately.
Stormwater is rain and melted snow. Generally, the more hard surfaces a property has the more stormwater will flow off and into the sewer system. An increase in extreme storms, combined with more paved surfaces in the city is resulting in more stormwater making its way into the sewer system, which has led to an increase in flooded basements and poor water quality in local waterways including Lake Ontario.
In December 2015, City Council directed staff to develop an implementation plan for a stormwater charge as a cost recover model to fund the costs of Toronto’s stormwater management program, which is currently funded entirely from the water rate. The Council agenda item can be accessed at http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/bu/bgrd/backgroundfile-85423.pdf.
If approved, the charge could come in effect in 2019. Learn more and have your say on the matter by taking the survey – https://tinyurl.com/z7fc59d.