Stormwater utility

Suburbs

Proper stormwater management is critical to preserving the health and quality of our local water sources healthy. However, due diligence comes at a cost. This requires us to fund our stormwater management practices through a user-fee program.

Our stormwater user fee appears on the monthly utility bills of both residential and non-residential property owners in our city.

In Kitchener, we charge a tiered flat fee for stormwater management. A series of rate tiers are calculated based on property type and size of impervious area on the property - the area that produces runoff into our local stormwater system.

For example, properties with more impervious surfaces - such as buildings, driveways and parking lots - typically create a lot of runoff because these surfaces do not allow water to absorb into the earth. As a result, these properties, which are typically non-residential, pay higher rates than residential properties because they generally contribute more runoff and pollutants to the stormwater system.

The utility also enables us to undertake critical stormwater management projects across our city.

For more information, please review our stormwater utility update, our stormwater rate bylaw and utility implementation plan and our frequently asked questions.

Stormwater rate table

The following table shows our current stormwater rate schedule, effective March 1, 2018:

Stormwater Classification Code                               

Basis for Charge

2018 Monthly Charge

Residential Single Detached

Small                    

Detached homes with building footprint* size of 105 m2 or less

$8.23

Residential Single Detached Medium                              

Detached homes with building footprint* between 106-236 m2

$13.73

Residential Single Detached

Large                    

Detached homes with building footprint* size of 237 m2 or more

$18.05

Residential                         

Townhouse/Semi-Detached      

Per dwelling unit

$9.80

Residential Condominium           

Per dwelling unit

$5.47

Multi-Residential duplex             

Per building

$10.99

Multi-Residential triplex

Per building

$16.51

Multi-Residential four-plex        

Per building

$21.96

Multi-Residential five-plex

Per building

$27.48

Multi-Residential (>5 units)

Per property (according to number of dwelling units)

$2.75

Non-Residential Smallest            

26 - 1,051 m2 of impervious area

$26.27

Non-Residential Small                   

1,052 - 1,640 m2 of impervious area

$70.24

Non-Residential Medium-Low  

1,641 - 7,676 m2 of impervious area

$184.05

Non-Residential Medium-High

7,677 - 16,324 m2 of impervious area

$537.27

Non-Residential Large                  

16,325 - 39,034 m2 of impervious area

$1,302.15

Non-Residential Largest

39,035 m2 or greater of impervious area

$2,795.43

 

 

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