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How Residents Can Curtail Excess Stormwater Runoff From April Showers
April showers bring May flowers – but the extra stormwater can also bring so much rain that it creates a system overload. Peoria’s Stormwater Utility (SWU) is helping aid that issue, but did you know there are things you can do in your own backyard…
Questions about the Stormwater Utility Rate Increase?
The Stormwater Utility (SWU) rate increased on January 1, 2021 from $4 to $5 per billing unit per month – the fully funded rate. Every property owner in the city of Peoria receives a bill four times per year (quarterly) that’s calculated based on the…
Peoria Riverfront Park Prairie Grass to Undergo Needed Maintenance
Public Works to partner with volunteers to mow grass; remove invasive shrubs More than an acre of native, Illinois prairie grass gracing the banks of the Illinois River near Constitution Garden will get a makeover in the coming days. Starting Thursday, December 17, Public…
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.
Stormwater Utility to Fund Retaining Wall and Storm Sewer Repairs
A Peoria Public Works contractor, Stark Excavating, Inc. is addressing a failing retaining wall and storm sewers the week of November 16. Work began near the intersection of North Prospect Road and North Humboldt Avenue and should be completed mid-December, weather pending. Traffic Changes Daytime…
Drainage Assistance Program Aids in Stormwater Improvements
Property owners and City benefit from infrastructure improvement partnership The Private Property Drainage Assistance (PPDA) program is closing out the year after awarding more than $116,000 in assistance to nearly two dozen grant recipients. Throughout 2020, these property owners completed projects that helped resolve various private stormwater infrastructure issues. …
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….
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.