Why am I being charged a Water Quality (Stormwater) fee?

Due to urban expansion within Berkeley County, WV, stormwater runoff has become a major concern. The growing amount of man-made impervious surfaces has increased the amount of stormwater runoff and is now considered one of the leading causes of water pollution.

To protect life, property, and the water environment from loss, injury, and damage caused by stormwater runoff, the EPA has designated Berkeley County, WV like many other cities and municipalities across the State, as a "Phase II" MS4 stormwater community. According to the Clean Water Act, a Phase II designation requires cities and municipalities to actively manage stormwater to the new EPA standards or face significant penalties.

To reduce the amount of pollutants from reaching the local watercourses, the Berkeley County Public Service Storm Water District will be implementing a Water Quality Service Fee to provide funding for the MS4 stormwater program. MS4 stands for municipal separate storm sewer system. An MS4 is a conveyance or system of conveyances that is:

  • owned by a state, city, town, village, or other public entity that discharges to waters of the U.S.,

  • designed or used to collect or convey stormwater (e.g., storm drains, pipes, ditches),

  • not a combined sewer, and

  • not part of a sewage treatment plant, or publicly owned treatment works (POTW).