The Macon-Bibb County Government transferred the oversight and operation of Stormwater Management Program Services to the MWA at the end of 2020.
How the MWA Handles Stormwater Management
The MWA handles stormwater management through an intergovernmental agreement with Macon-Bibb County Government. Stormwater capital projects funded by sources like SPLOST will continue to address infrastructure issues, but the community’s growing needs have far outweighed available funding. Thus, we have developed a stormwater utility to assist with the costs.
The MWA is committed to:
- Protecting water quality
- Providing best management practices
- Assuring stormwater regulatory compliance
Please check out our Stormwater Education Video for a complete overview of the MWA Stormwater Management Program Services.
MWA Stormwater Education Video
Stormwater Management Program Services
The following services are offered to rate-paying Authority customers through the current MWA stormwater utility:
- Repair cave-ins and sinkholes
- Repair, replace, and/or install stormwater pipe
- Repair or replace catch basins, frame casings, culverts, and manhole covers
- Clean clogged catch basins and storm drains
- Provide ditch maintenance
- Maintain public detention ponds
- Address stormwater drainage issues
- Provide continual street sweeping
- Provide necessary preventive maintenance
- Protect water quality
What is a Stormwater Service Fee Credit?
As part of the MWA’s Stormwater Management Program, a stormwater credit is offered to help property owners reduce their stormwater utility bills. The purpose of these credits is to recognize actions and systems that reduce the burden on and/or the cost of operating the MWA’s Stormwater Management Program and infrastructure. These credits also provide an incentive for property owners to properly manage their stormwater system(s) as good stewards of our natural resources.
To receive a stormwater credit from the MWA, a property must meet specific criteria that demonstrate compliance with the Georgia Stormwater Management Manual, such as maintaining stormwater management features (e.g., detention ponds, rain gardens) on the property that help to reduce the stormwater runoff or improve water quality. Qualifying properties that submit the proper documentation are eligible for up to a 50% maximum reduction in stormwater utility fees.
Participation in stormwater education programs through schools, churches, or other entities also qualifies a customer for stormwater credits. Stormwater stewardship activities by schools, churches, or other organizations — such as no direct discharges, septic tank management, or a minimal amount of impervious surface on site (less than 10%) — are welcomed for consideration of credits as well.
How Do I Apply for a Stormwater Credit?
For the complete listing of Stormwater Credit opportunities and the documentation required to apply for stormwater service fee credits, please click the link for the Residential Stormwater Credit Manual below:
If applying for a single-family residential (SFR) Stormwater Service Fee Credit, please click the link below and download the SFR Service Fee Credit Application/Renewal Form.
Please note that you will not need a Right of Entry Agreement for this application.
Non-Single-Family Residential Credit Manual and Application
For the complete listing of MWA Stormwater Credit opportunities and documentation required to apply for Stormwater Service Fee Credits, please click the links below.
If applying for a Non-Single-Family Residential (NSFR) service fee credit, please click the link below and download the NSFR Service Fee Credit Application/Renewal Form.
Please be sure to include the Right of Entry Agreement with your Credit Application. Please click the link below to download the Right of Entry Agreement Form.
How to Submit Your Application to the MWA Online:
Stormwater Credit Amounts
For the complete listing of Stormwater Credits available, please click on the link below:
MWA Stormwater Credit Table
Stormwater Education Materials
Stormwater Education Program for Other Organizations
Non-residential property owners can qualify for a Stormwater Fee Credit by meeting whichever of the following two levels is greater:
- 20% participation based on the number of parking spaces (i.e., the number of people required to attend must be at least .20 times the number of parking spaces visible in aerial imagery)
- 20% participation based on a verifiable number of employees or members
Participating property owners must submit documentation for the training activity that includes the date, description of the training/video, and the record of attendance in the form of a sign-in sheet.
Stormwater Service Fee Appeals
If customers receive a Stormwater Fee they believe is incorrect based on the number of ERUs charged, they may initiate an Appeal of the Stormwater Fee.
The MWA will process only one appeal application at a time for each customer account. Please attach all documentation to support this appeal, as indicated in the table included in the application below. Review and response of the appeal may take up to 30 days. A Right-of-Entry Agreement is required for non-residential property appeals, even though a site visit may not be necessary.
A completed and printed copy of this appeal form can be mailed or emailed with attachments to:
Macon Water Authority
Attn: S.W. Service Fee Appeal
790 Second Street; P.O. Box 108
Macon, GA 31202-0108
*By submitting an appeal application, you (the customer) certify that all statements made on the form are true, complete, and correct to the best of your knowledge and belief, and that any false statements or major omissions shall be considered sufficient cause for the addition of a $100.00 administrative fee. Also, you further acknowledge that any or all information provided is subject to verification and hereby authorize Macon Water Authority to conduct a site visit of your property as needed.