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A New Approach Funding 雨水 Management
Precipitation - rain and snow melt - is essential to our lives. It replenishes our reservoirs and aquifers, beautifies our lawns and gardens. But especially in Boston's highly developed urban setting, precipitation becomes problematic when it flows as stormwater runoff over asphalt and other impervious (hard) surfaces. Boston Water and Sewer Commission (BWSC) is responsible for the vast network of catch basins and stormdrains that direct stormwater to receiving waters including Boston Harbor and the Charles, Mystic and Neponset Rivers. As we deal with such issues as climate change, rising sea levels, and the need to make our recreational waters cleaner and healthier, BWSC is compelled by federal and state regulations to take a modern approach to stormwater management as other municipalities have done.
In brief, what's BWSC's new innovative plan for stormwater managment?
In early 2024 the Boston Water and Sewer Commission (BWSC) will 实现 an expanded stormwater program that meets an elevated need for investment in stormwater infrastructure. The program will include the creation of a proposed separate stormwater charge. The program will also allow customers the opportunity to apply for credits and grants that work to reduce stormwater runoff from their property.
雨水 is water from rain or other precipitation. 雨水 runoff is stormwater that does not soak into the ground. 雨水 flows off hard surfaces, like streets, parking lots, construction sites, and rooftops during heavy rainstorms and when the snow melts. The water then goes into BWSC's stormwater system.
As stormwater flows over these hard surfaces, it collects trash, 沉积物, and pollutants like motor oil and fertilizer. Most of the City's storm drains take that water directly to our brooks and streams without treatment. The City of Boston lies within the Charles, Neponset, and Mystic River watersheds, which means that our city’s streams ultimately drain into Boston Harbor. Managing stormwater helps prevent pollution in our waterways.
Why is BWSC proposing to change how it funds stormwater services?
We are proposing a fairer way to fund improvements in BWSC’s stormwater system and ensure everyone pays for the service they use. The proposed stormwater charge will be based on how much hard surface, like driveways and sidewalks, is on each property. This separate charge would be fairer because impervious area is related to each property's demand (impact) for stormwater services.
We are also proposing to lower the sewer rate since the stormwater charge would be separate from it. This ensures we only collect the money we need to take care of each system.
Charging this way will mean that thousands of properties—like parking lots—that place a demand on the stormwater system, but don’t receive water and sewer service from BWSC, will be charged for stormwater services in the future. BWSC is in the process of notifying these customers of the importance of stormwater management and their shared responsibility in supporting these critical services.
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