Stormwater Charge Billing Begins

The City of Mississauga’s stormwater charge will begin to appear on Region of Peel water bills for Mississauga properties in March.
 
The stormwater charge amount that will appear on the bill is based on the daily rate for the property, applied since January 1, 2016.  Daily and annual stormwater charge estimates for Mississauga properties can be viewed at www.stormwatercharge.ca.
 
“The City of Mississauga owns $1.97 billion in stormwater infrastructure that needs to be properly maintained,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “This is why Council approved a stormwater charge which is a new, dedicated source of funding that will be added to the Region of Peel water bill beginning in 2016. We are taking responsibility and investing more money in our stormwater system to keep it in good working order and to avoid costly repairs in the future.”
 
“The stormwater charge enables the City to fund this critical service and set aside money for future infrastructure renewal to better address the growing stormwater pressures Mississauga is facing,” said Janice Baker, City Manager and CAO.  “Stormwater is now a stand-alone service area and has its own business plan. The 2016 business plan for stormwater focuses on stormwater conveyance, quality and flow control targets to address the pressures of aging infrastructure and heavier rainfalls.”
 
“The stormwater system is maintained through investments in planning, design, construction, operation, maintenance, renewal and bylaw enforcement activities,” said Helen Noehammer, Director Transportation and Infrastructure Planning. “Planning and programming of stormwater related projects will ensure stormwater infrastructure renewal is carefully managed while being aware of pressures such as extreme rainfall events.”
 
Background
 
The stormwater charge will help reduce the risk of flooding and protect water quality.
 
The City of Mississauga’s stormwater charge funding can only be used for stormwater related costs. It is dedicated funding that will directly support the City of Mississauga’s stormwater management program and cannot be used for other services and programs as stated in the Stormwater Fees and Charges By-law. The funds from the stormwater charge will be invested in the stormwater system to help keep it in good working order and to avoid costly repairs in the future.
 
The stormwater charge was approved by Mississauga City Council on December 11, 2013 and the related policies were approved on May 27, 2015.
 
For More Information
 
For more information about the stormwater charge visit the City of Mississauga’s stormwater charge website at www.stormwatercharge.ca.