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Posted on: November 3, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Knoxville Stormwater Utility

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Knoxville’s Stormwater Utility

Knoxville City Council recently adopted an ordinance to create a Stormwater Utility. Here is some information about the City of Knoxville’s new Stormwater Utility:


  • A stormwater utility is a system of infrastructure that handles rainwater that is not absorbed into the ground
  • This service is different than water and sanitary sewer services that provide clean water to, and collect and treat water used by customers
  • Stormwater infrastructure becomes increasingly important as the community has new structures built and increased paved surfaces
  • Funds collected will be used to improve and repair the stormwater system, and to protect other City infrastructure such as streets and the sanitary sewer system
  • Consistent with Iowa State Law the City of Knoxville joins approximately 100 other communities in Iowa with a stormwater utility, and can only use these fund for stormwater improvements
  • Historically, expenses from repairs related to stormwater have gone over their annual budget and important repairs have been delayed or not addressed at all
  • Moving forward this utility will allow the City to fix problems of the past, and address future issues before they become more expensive problems
  • Below are pictures of Larson Street that show how serious stormwater can be and the problems it can cause




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