Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

January 12, 2013

Peru initiative encourages flood control measures

City offers billing credit to businesses that help reduce stormwater runoff.

By Carson Gerber
Tribune staff writer

Peru — The Peru City Council Monday approved a billing credit for non-residential properties that help mitigate stormwater runoff and reduce area flooding.

The measure aims to reduce or eliminate stormwater runoff from certain properties into the stormwater collection system.

Roger Merriman, Peru Utilities general manager, said properties in full compliance with the ordinance will receive a credit, which reduces the properties’ stormwater bill from a maximum of $225 to around $4.50.

To qualify for the credit, a property must construct and maintain on-site stormwater controls that retain enough water runoff that would occur during a 100-year, 24-hour rain event. The ordinance states there can be no runoff to surrounding properties or public infrastructures.

“If they’re willing to invest the money and meet all the criteria, that’s a good thing, because it’s less stormwater we have to deal with, and they should get recognized for that with this credit,” Merriman said, noting reducing stormwater runoff would help avoid localized flooding in the city.

Merriman said installing runoff mitigation systems likely would be an expensive undertaking for non-residential properties. He said the aim of the credit isn’t to subsidize the construction of mitigation systems in the city, but to simply reward those properties that help control flooding.

Carson Gerber is a Kokomo Tribune reporter. He can be reached by phone at 765-854-6739, or by email at carson.gerber@kokomotribune.com.