Stormwater Fee Effective July 1, 2016
As part of the Clean Water Act, Park City now has a State mandate to mitigate the pollutants from Park City's runoff that can contribute to our watershed.
We are taking this opportunity to expand our current commitment to improving water quality and being stewards of our natural environment through the creation of a Stormwater Utility. This new Utility will allow the City to provide expanded services without detracting from any of the existing services provided to our residents.
Customers will see fees for the Stormwater Utility beginning in July 2016.
The Park City stormwater system includes 39 miles of piping, 31 miles of earthen channels and over 1,600 inlet boxes to divert water, preventing flooding and property damage throughout the city. It collects much of our snowmelt and rain water and delivers it to Silver and McLeod Creeks.
Spring Runoff Info
In the event of above average spring runoff the Public Utilities Crews will ramp up to provide coverage during the peak flows each day until the threat has passed.
Sand bags are available at Public Works, 1053 Iron Horse Drive.
In anticipation of possible flooding, Park City Municipal Corporation is prepared to respond to major flood emergencies. Additionally, Park City will keep on hand a number of sandbags both fill and unfilled which are available for use by Park City residences and businesses.
Sandbags are available at the Park City Public Works front desk:
1053 Iron Horse Drive
Monday - Friday 8:00 am -5:00pm
After hours and weekends the Streets On-call person can be notified via Park City Police Department at 435-615-5500
What if I disagree with my ESU designation?
Stormwater charges within Park City city limits are based on the amount of impervious surface area of a property. Impervious surfaces include all hard surfaces such as rooftops, driveways, parking lots, patios and other concrete or paved surfaces that do not permit surface water to be absorbed.
Any customer who disagrees with the ESU determination, as provided in this chapter, for his or her property may apply to the Public Utilities Director for a recalculation. The request must be received on a form provided by the City and must be filed in writing with the Public Utilities Director no later than 30 days after receipt of the most recent billing. The Public Utilities Director or designee shall review the request and basis for user charges and may approve an adjustment to the fee.
1. Single-Family Residential Properties may request an individual review of their property. A written request shall result in reviewing aerial imagery of the requested property. The actual impervious surface area will be calculated, and the result will be rounded up to the nearest whole ESU.
2. Multi-Family Residential Properties may request an individual review of their property. A written request shall result in reviewing aerial imagery of the requested property. The actual impervious surface area will be calculated, and the result will be rounded up to the nearest whole ESU.
3. Commercial Properties may request a copy of their individual ESU determination, and may provide comment on the accuracy of said determination. Adjustments may be made in consultation with the Public Utilities Director. Commercial Properties shall be billed by rounding up the impervious surface area to the nearest whole ESU.
4. Undeveloped parcels shall have no charges assessed.
If your application for a reduction is approved, you will be eligible for a credit on any excessive stormwater charges paid during the 12 months preceding the application. Reductions granted by the City will continue until the property is further developed or until the City determines the property no longer qualifies for the reduction.
What is stormwater?
Stormwater is generated by rain events, snow melt, and constant seeps and springs throughout town. Stormwater runoff can cause flooding, drainage system malfunctions, adverse impacts to local waterways and water quality problems. It picks up pollutants and debris from streets, parking lots, yards, gravel parking areas, and other surfaces which can end up in local water ways flowing to McLeod Creek, Silver Creek and eventually into the Weber River.
What is a stormwater system?A stormwater system is designed to drain stormwater from impervious surfaces such as paved streets, parking lots, driveways, sidewalks and roofs. In large rain events, a stormwater system will drain excess stormwater from all surfaces to mitigate the chance of flooding and property damage.
Do we have a stormwater system now?Park City Public Utilities currently operates a basic stormwater system with a very limited budget. The existing system has been patched together over decades and was created primarily to prevent flooding and damage to property and infrastructure.
What is the Stormwater Utility fee on my bill?The utility fee pays for the expansion of the City's current stormwater system (storm drains), maintenance costs (repairing/replacing stormwater mains, street sweeping, inspection and cleaning of stormwater inlets, etc.) and preventing and correcting stormwater runoff problems in the Park City area.
What will the fee cover?
The fee will cover personnel, equipment, capital improvements, and administrative costs such as professional services and supplies. The fee is expected to generate about $1.8M in revenue annually. The annual budget will be allocated to the following categories in the approximate percentages:
- Infrastructure & Equipment – 60%
- Salaries & Wages – 25%
- Materials & Supplies – 10%
- Contract/ Misc. Services – 5%
The following is a list of example services and activities that will be provided as part of the new program:Expansion and enhancement of existing services
- Maintenance, repair and replacement of stormwater infrastructure
- Flood mitigation
- Street sweeping
- Litter removal
- Curb and gutter
- Pipe and open channel cleaning
- Master planning and design
New services provided
- Stormwater system condition assessments and inspections
- Asset management
- Project management
Meeting of MS4 minimum control measures
- Public education and outreach
- Public participation/ involvement
- Illicit discharge detection and elimination
- Construction site runoff control
- Post-construction runoff control
- Pollution prevention/ good housekeeping
What do I do with Household Hazardous Waste?
Please do not dispose of anything in the storm drain. Park City's Recycle Utah accepts many materials for recycling. Visit their website at www.recycleutah.org
For information on the Summit County Household Waste program visit www.co.summit.ut.us/779/Waste-Collection-Recycling
What do I do if my gutter is backed up and not flowing?
The problem could be a result of several things, please try to keep your gutters clean and free from debris. The City attempts to sweep your street once per month during the summer months. Everything we can remove from the gutter before it's washed into our system will help keep our streams clean. Please do your part to ensure clean free flowing gutters.
If your gutter becomes obstructed and you are unable to clear it, please call Public Utilities at 435-615-5335.
For after hour emergencies call Park City Police Dispatch at 435-615-5500
Can I install a steel plate in my gutter?Public Utilities discourages the uses of metal plates in the gutter as they will become problematic with the flow of water and snow removal. Please avoid using them.