In 2013, the City of Victoria embarked upon a comprehensive engagement process to implement a design-with-nature vision for sustainable rainwater management. The city’s goal: use rain as a resource and mimic the function of natural systems. The outcome: a user-pay stormwater utility complete with a rainwater rewards program. This month, property owners received their first bill from the city for the stormwater utility.
In the late 1990s, there was considerable interest and enthusiasm on the part of numerous B.C. municipalities to establish stormwater utilities. But few followed through with action, and those that did merely added to the scope of their existing sanitary-sewer utilities to ensure dedicated funding for drainage purposes.