The city of Richmond, primarily in older sections of town, uses a combined sewer system in which sewer waste and stormwater combine in the same sewer. When the city experiences heavy rainfalls, these older systems overflow into the James. The less stormwater runoff we have going into our sewers, the less likely the James will be negatively affected.
How can you help? Take advantage of the Stormwater Credit Program!
“The Stormwater Credit Program encourages people to implement stormwater preventive measures like rain gardens to help remove pollutants from the stormwater before it’s released back into the city system or into the ground, where it can easily be absorbed by the James River,” explains Christopher Grosvenor, Site Inspector Supervisor, DPU/Water Resources, City of Richmond.
“We have lots of people participating in the Credit program, but it would be great if more people got involved," adds Grosvenor. “Participation can be something as elaborate as planting a rain garden or as simple as installing a rain barrel.”
Residents who reduce stormwater runoff or improve the quality of stormwater runoff from their property to the Richmond stormwater system are eligible for a reduction in their stormwater fee. For a small residential single-family home, a rain barrel could mean a 20 percent reduction. A rain garden and a vegetated strip could add up to 50 percent off the monthly fee.
“A business can get stormwater credits by installing rain gardens or any kind of bio-retention storage, or by getting involved in pre-treating their stormwater before it goes back into the city system,” adds Grosvenor.
This incentive program is great for the James River and great for your pocket, too! Certain requirements must be met. To learn more, visit RVA Stormwater Credits today.