Join Us at a Stormwater Open House Next Week

Three Open Houses will be held next week to raise awareness about upcoming changes to how stormwater is managed and to seek feedback about the proposed rainwater management credit program. 

Property owners and residents are invited to join City staff to learn about the stormwater system, the history of how stormwater management has changed over 150 years and about the shift to encourage sustainable rainwater management in Victoria.  Residents can identify which of Victoria's five watershed drainage areas they live within and can interact with the “watershed table” to see what happens from a watershed perspective when pollutants are added to the stormwater system.  Information about rainwater management methods such as rain gardens, green roofs, cisterns and permeable paving will be available. 

OPEN HOUSE DETAILS:

Wednesday, November 20 
11:00a.m. – 3:00p.m.
Victoria Public Market
#6 - 1701 Douglas Street

Saturday, November 23
10:00a.m. – 2:00p.m.
Burnside Gorge Community Centre
471 Cecelia Road

Sunday, November 24
10:00a.m. – 2:00p.m.
Victoria Public Market
#6 - 1701 Douglas Street

Residents can click here to watch three short videos and go back in time with an interactive historic timeline about the stormwater system.  A survey about changes to the stormwater system and the proposed rainwater management credit program is available online.

 

Learn More About the Stormwater Utility and the Proposed Rainwater Management Credits:

In 2014, the City of Victoria will be changing the way municipal stormwater services are managed in order to help clean our waterways and reduce flooding in preparation for wetter, stormier winters and sea level rise, create a fair and equitable user-pay stormwater utility and offer rainwater management credits for property owners who manage rainwater sustainably on their property.

Currently, the cost of the stormwater system is funded through property taxes.  The stormwater utility will be an equitable, user-pay system where all properties will contribute, like the water and sewer systems that are already utilities. 

The proposed rainwater management credit program will offer a cumulative credit of up to 40% off the annual stormwater utility bill.  Rain gardens, cisterns, infiltration chambers, permeable paving, green roofs and an education option are currently part of the proposed credit program. 

Click here to read more about our stormwater system and these changes.