Winchester’s Stormwater Utility Fees begins in 2024

The City of Winchester began sending notices with resident’s water bills regarding the upcoming Stormwater Utility Fee which is a part of the City’s Stormwater Improvement Program.

Utility customers will start to see the new fee on their bills listed as a supplemental charge beginning January 1st, 2024.

The fee will be based on each property’s specific area and billed at $0.22 per 50 square feet of impervious surface.

All properties in Winchester will be charged the new utility fee including typically tax-exempt organizations.

The fees will fund:

  • operational expenses
  • a dedicated stormwater maintenance crew
  • purchasing nutrient credits for regulatory compliance
  • the creation of a self-sustaining enterprise fund for 75 high priority stormwater capital improvement projects totaling $176 million

Residents can receive credits for a maximum of 50% of their property’s fees by participating in City cleanup events, adding a rain barrels or rain gardens, and taking a No Fertilizer Pledge.

If resident’s disconnect from a septic system and connect to the City’s system, they can receive 50% of their residential credits.

For more information on the City’s Stormwater Utility, click here.

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Frederick County Recycling Annual Rain Barrel Sale

Frederick County Recycling will hold its annual Rain Barrel Sale from 8 a.m. to noon on Fri., April 1 at the Stephenson Citizens’ Convenience Site, 235 Hot Run Drive. The location is directly next to the Stonewall Park Ballfields along Stephenson Road. 55-gallon recycled plastic rain barrels come complete with an insect screen, lid, overflow hose and easy set-up instructions. Barrels sell for $60 each payable on the day of the event by cash or check.

“Frederick County’s annual barrel sales provide area gardeners the opportunity to conserve a valuable natural resource at an affordable price,” said Gloria Puffinburger, Frederick County’s solid waste manager. “Plants and lawns actually prefer rainwater to treated water. Rain barrels lessen the demand on our central water system and wells during dry, summer months.”

No reservations please. Barrels will be sold on a first come, first served basis.

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