The City of Victoria has recently updated the way it manages stormwater in order to keep the waterways clean and to reduce flooding in preparation for wetter winters. The stormwater system is responsible for managing the rain and runoff by directing stormwater away from properties and improving the quality of water that flows into our creeks and ocean. In order to create fair and equitable fees, the City has implemented a user-based stormwater utility. Instead of continuing to fund the stormwater infrastructure through property taxes, property owners will now receive a separate bill based on their property’s impact.
For a detailed and pragmatic look at how to implement a stormwater utility, join BCWWA and Ed Robertson from the City of Victoria, to learn how the City developed its innovative program, including how it functions, as well as how users are billed and incentivized to participate.
At the conclusion of this presentation, attendees will have learned more about:
- How the utility was created and implemented by the City of Victoria
- How the utility fee was determined for the billing process
- How users may be rewarded for implementing the program on their property
Who Should Attend
This presentation will appeal municipal managers, planners, engineers, consultants and other key decision-makers with an interest in developing a similar stormwater management program in their community.
Assistant Director, Public Works
City of Victoria
Ed Robertson has worked with the City of Victoria for 28 years, working in both the Engineering & Public Works Divisions. He started out as a design technician focusing on sewer and drain, went on to become manager of support services, and subsequently Manager of Water & Environment. This includes sewer, drain, water design, construction & maintenance. Ed is currently responsible for Public Works with the City of Victoria and was a lead team member on the development of the Stormwater Utility project for the City.