Harrisburg has a serious stormwater problem.

Over half of Harrisburg’s sewer pipes convey polluted stormwater runoff and sewage in the same pipes for treatment. In heavy rains, this contaminated water can overflow into Paxton Creek and the Susquehanna River. 

In addition to this combined sewer system, Capital Region Water is responsible for a second stormwater-wastewater system that uses separate stormwater and sanitary flow piping. We’re working to ensure that both of these systems comply with regulatory requirements, reduce pollution, and improve water quality in Paxton Creek, the Susquehanna River, and the Chesapeake Bay.

How Stormwater Fees Work

A stormwater fee is an assessment of the amount of stormwater runoff from an individual property. The fee is based on impervious surfaces (e.g. asphalt, concrete, buildings). Because it is connected directly to the cause of runoff pollution, it is the most equitable approach to address stormwater issues.

How the Fee is Determined

The stormwater fee is based on the amount of stormwater generated by measuring the amount of impervious area on a property. Impervious area is any surface that stops rainwater from soaking into the ground. Impervious areas include, but are not limited to: pavements, driveways, and roofs. Any surface designed to be compacted gravel or crushed stone is also regarded as an impervious surface. 

Reduce Your Fee

We’re offering credit options for owners who are willing to capture or manage stormwater on their property. These strategies could include rain gardens, capture barrels, and more.

Appeal Your Stormwater Fee

Capital Region Water is providing property owners with the opportunity to appeal their stormwater fee calculation for reasons including: incorrect parcel, inaccurate impervious area calculation, or reallocation of stormwater charge among multiple water accounts on a single parcel.

The Solution

Our plan to manage runoff.

The Program

Our plan for a cleaner, more beautiful city.

What’s Next

Over the next 20 years, Capital Region Water will be implementing many projects, both big and small.

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