It is a community solution to a critical challenge: Rehabilitating and maintaining the City’s aging, man-made stormwater drainage system. The Stormwater Utility program is being implemented to alleviate drainage and flooding problems in an economically practicable and sustainable manner while adhering to stringent federal and state environmental regulations. A few examples of stormwater drainage deficiencies - and their consequences - that need addressing in Augusta are:
*Flooding in downtown and inundation of sections of neighborhoods adversely impacts residents and businesses, and threatens public health.
*Degraded infrastructure failings such as Patterson Bridge, Colony Park and Mims Road are evidence that the system is aging and rehabilitation is needed.
*The City receives more than 3,000 stormwater drainage system calls each year, most requesting additional routine maintenance. At stake is the preservation of property values, among other concerns.