News and Events
Trees Are the Answer
City of Peoria to bring more green to Northside walking trail, saplings to reduce stormwater runoff Alta Road could soon look a little greener thanks to a grassroots initiative to plant more trees along a sparse walking path in the area. The City of Peoria Public Works Department is partnering with a couple of local organizations and…
Wet Weather Woes: What Residents Can Do at Home to Curtail Stormwater Runoff
Wet weather can often be a drain on our summer plans, but the impact it has on area waterways can be far more damaging. Recent flood events at the Illinois River at Peoria have sparked the need to remind residents of simple ways they can…
Questions about the Stormwater Utility Rate Increase?
The Stormwater Utility (SWU) rate increased on January 1, 2020 from $3 to $4 per billing unit per month. Every property owner in the City of Peoria receives a bill four times per year that is calculated based on the amount of impervious surface on…
Why a stormwater utility?
After a heavy rain or snow, the water must go somewhere. Our city relies on a stormwater system of pipes, creeks, ravines, culverts and more to manage wet weather. This storm system needs upkeep to work as it should, which requires funding. The stormwater utility is a new dedicated funding stream — money set aside just for stormwater. For the first time ever, Peoria has a way to maintain and strengthen our crucial system for the wellbeing of our city.
Our city faces major wet weather issues.
Erosion. Old, crumbling pipes. Failing culverts that lead to sinkholes. Pollution. Every part of Peoria suffers from stormwater problems. With the stormwater utility, we can tackle stormwater challenges together, choosing proactive approaches that add beauty, save money and protect our waterways.
Your Utility At Work
Because Peoria’s stormwater utility is a dedicated funding stream, the money generated can only be used to manage wet weather issues. Funding from the stormwater utility will help us tackle our current backlog of 400+ stormwater projects. With each project, we strengthen the system we rely on daily. Take a look at some of our upcoming projects.
The Silver Lining to Record Rainfall
On the last weekend of September, record rainfall besieged Peoria. Over a three-day period, the National Weather Service estimated that over four inches fell on the city. Unofficial reports in some areas of the city were as much as seven inches on Friday, September 27….
Addition of New Street Sweepers
Introducing Peoria’s first permeable paver street sweeper! Thanks to new equipment, we can keep the debris from streets from polluting our storm system.
Oak Cliff Ct. Culvert Rehab
To prevent a future sinkhole, we will strengthen two corrugated pipes on Oak Cliffe Ct. and address erosion. Construction will begin in 2018.
Do Your Part
Some wet weather problems (like replacing aging infrastructure) need to be tackled on a city-wide level. But you can do plenty of simple things on your own property to help reduce runoff — and possibly lower your stormwater utility bill, too.