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MWA Adding Stormwater to Utility Services

Oct 30, 2020 by Chris Wood, Ph.D.

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The MWA will take on Stormwater Program Management on Jan. 1, 2021, although fees will not be charged to customers until the beginning of 2022.

Even during the challenges of a pandemic, the MWA continues to make progress on establishing a comprehensive Stormwater Management Program by the first of the year.

For years, and upon the request of Macon-Bibb County Government, the MWA has been overseeing and implementing capital improvements to the local stormwater infrastructure, funded through various SPLOST appropriations.

In July of 2019, the MWA entered into an intergovernmental agreement with Macon-Bibb County to begin the process of taking over the Stormwater Management Program, bringing stormwater operations and infrastructure under the jurisdiction of the Authority to complement existing water and sewer utility services.

First, the MWA accepted the regulatory responsibilities of stormwater management. In addition, the Authority conducted significant research, with the help of consulting engineers, to establish policy recommendations, a budget for the Stormwater Utility, and a preliminary stormwater rate structure, which were presented to the MWA Board at the beginning of this year.

The MWA has been hard at work making preparations to roll out stormwater management services by Jan. 1, 2021.

Earlier this year, the MWA outlined a public education and outreach program, which was delayed due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Public education and outreach planning have since resumed on a limited basis with key customers within Macon-Bibb County.

Now, MWA consultants are working to complete a Stormwater Program Guidebook, which will provide standard operating procedures for the Stormwater Management Program. With that, comes an inventory and condition assessment of the stormwater infrastructure that’s currently in place.

“We needed to know what condition the stormwater infrastructure was in before moving forward on rehab, maintenance, operations and possible expansion,” says Tony Rojas, MWA President and Executive Director.

Next, the Authority moved to the customer side of the equation, compiling a Master Account Database of all residential and non-single-family residential properties in the service area of Macon-Bibb County.

With this database, the Authority and its consulting engineers are finalizing a Detail Rate Study, which will establish Stormwater Utility rates for MWA customers. The current recommendation is a $4.99 monthly user fee for Stormwater Utility Operation and Maintenance Services moving forward.

However, stormwater user fees, will not begin to be collected by the MWA until January of 2022. The first year of the stormwater rollout in 2021 will be dedicated solely to the operation and maintenance of the stormwater system, allowing the public to receive utility services and monitor MWA progress in stormwater management, for an entire year prior to having to pay for those services.

For continual updates on the MWA Stormwater Management Program formation, check out the latest News on this Website (www.maconwater.org) or on our Facebook page.

Media contact:
Chris Wood, Ph.D.
P: 770-757-1681
E: chris@jwapr.com OR john.wood@gcsu.edu

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