What is stormwater runoff, and how does it affect me?
Stormwater runoff is rainwater that flows off from any impervious material
on a piece of property. Examples of impervious materials are any type of
housing, driveways, parking lots, streets, hard packed dirt, and/or any other
type of material that prevents rainwater from being absorbed directly into
soil. Due to the nature of the surface, rainwater instead is diverted into the
stormwater system of ditches, culverts, catch basins, and storm sewers.
One issue that could affect citizens and businesses is a potential for localized
flooding due to the increased urbanization that has occurred in recent years.
This increased urbanization has led to additional impervious structures that
can increase the rate of rainwater runoff to a point where localized flooding
is possible.
In addition, this rainwater can carry many pollutants such as fertilizers,
pesticides, grass clippings, pet wastes, and other materials that must be
treated before being reentered into the general water supply. It is crucial
that the City acts proactively to prevent as much contaminated water from
entering the stormwater system as possible.
The fees collected will be used to fund improvements to existing stormwater
system infrastructure, build new stormwater system infrastructure, and
provide for street cleaning services to aid in prevention of localized flooding
and improvement of water quality for City citizens and businesses.

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1. How much is the connection fee for water, sanitary sewer, and/or trash service?
2. How did stormwater utility billing service come into existence?
3. What is stormwater runoff, and how does it affect me?
4. How did the City of Bristol develop its stormwater utility program?
5. What are the stormwater rates?
6. How will the stormwater utility fee be charged?
7. How did the City determine the amount to be charged on my utility bill for stormwater?
8. Are other municipalities requiring citizens and businesses to pay a stormwater Utility Fee?
9. When will the stormwater fee take effect?
10. How can I learn more about the stormwater utility fee?
11. Do you offer payment extensions?
12. How can I change the name on my account?
13. What can I do if I find a water leak at my residence or business?
14. Who is the point of contact for stormwater fee questions?
15. What are my payment options?