Philadelphia Considers Exempting Gardens From Stormwater Fees
Philadelphia, like many cities, is under an EPA consent decree to eliminate combined sewer overflows. All residential properties are charged an additional stormwater management fee on their water bill, and non-residential properties pay a fee based on square footage of impervious surface. Community gardens, by their nature, tend not to have much impervious square footage, but they pay the minimum lot charge anyway. Mayor Jim Kenney signed a city council ordinance that would allow for a discount of up to 100 percent of the stormwater fee.