What is stormwater?
Stormwater is rainwater or snowmelt that does not soak into the ground or evaporate following a storm.
Stormwater runs off surfaces such as roofs, lawns, paved streets and parking lots.
Stormwater can become polluted by litter, dirt, bacteria, chemicals and oils that it picks up along the journey.
When polluted stormwater reaches a water body, it can have a harmful impact on the plants and animals in and around the water.
It also can affect people who swim or fish in the water.
What is a stormwater utility?
A stormwater utility is responsible for funding the operation, management, construction and maintenance of stormwater facilities.
This utility generates its revenue through user fees.
The fees are used to maintain and upgrade drainage facilities within the City of Arkansas City, as well as to fund state and federal mandates regarding stormwater facility reviews, inspections, and the erosion and sediment control program for new construction.
- Residential stormwater fees — $3 per month
- Commercial stormwater fees — $6 per month