New Program Reduces Stormwater Service Fees for Alexandria Residents

Alexandria leaders want residents to be prepared for the next flood an event.

“Flooding on this side of town can get pretty bad, pretty quickly,” Andrea Koslow said. She lives in a neighborhood off Mt. Vernon Avenue.

The city understands gravity, which is why it is expanding the stormwater utility fee reduction program.

“We also want to protect properties from flood damage,” said stormwater management chief Jesse Maines.

Homeowners can now save up to 50% if they protect their properties against flooding.

Currently, all owners, businesses and residents pay this bill.

“The typical single-family residential home currently pays about $280 a year for fees,” Maines said.

Installing flood mitigation measures like boards and drains can now save you money.

Maines explained that “setting up practices around window wells, raising your AC unit, so your heat pump doesn’t get flooded. Those are the types of things we allow in flood protection. You You can put up a wall to keep water out of your basement.”

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He believes this is a great opportunity for people to prepare and protect their properties.

“Do the work upfront because you don’t know when the rain and flooding is going to come. Implementing these practices sets you up,” Maines adds.

Residents like Koslow say it’s the right decision to leave town. She also encourages her neighbors to enroll in the program.

“Especially today with inflation and so many things costing more, if you can save a little more on those storm water costs by sharing the improvements you’ve made on your own property, why not?” she says.

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Ryan H. Bowman