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During the September 10, 2015 City Council meeting, the City Council voted to direct staff to work toward changing the storm water rates. This process, which includes changing the billing system and testing the new billing rate structure, will take time to complete.

City staff expects the new rates will go into effect in January 2017.

The existing rates will remain in effect until the formal change is complete.

New Storm Water Utility Fee Schedule

Residential Customers
 Tier Details  Rate 
 1  <2780 sq ft impervious area  $8.80/mo.
 2  2781-3680 sq ft impervious area  $13.48/mo.
 3  3681-4770 sq ft impervious area  $17.05/mo.
 4  >4770 sq ft impervious area  $25.58/mo.
Non-Residential Customers
 $25.58 per month for each 5,700 sq ft impervious area (ERU*) up to 150,000 sq ft impervious area
*ERU (equivalent residential unit) - 5,700 sq ft of impervious area


RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMERS: Have questions about your home's tier, including how your impervious area was calculated? Watch the video below for an answer and learn how you can estimate the total yourself.

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Storm Water Utility Fee FAQ

  • Why is the Storm Water Utility Fee changing now?

  • When will the change occur?

  • What is Impervious Area?

  • How is the fee determined?

  • Residential Property

  • What can I expect to see on my residential utility bill?

  • Non-Residential Property

  • What can I expect to see on my non-residential utility bill?

  • What does the Storm Water Utility Fee pay for?

  • How can a customer inquire about the impervious area for his/her property?

  • Who within the City of Lubbock should a customer call with questions about the Storm Water Utility Fee ?

  • What is the appeals process for the Storm Water Utility Fee?

  • Storm Water Utility Ordinance and Resolution

What Can You Do?
One way to get involved in protecting our water resources is through complaint reporting. City of Lubbock residents are urged to be aware of what is going on in the community surrounding them. If you see excessive erosion or sediment escaping an active construction site, or if you witness a suspicious discharge entering the storm sewer system, please call the Storm Water Hotline at 806-775-3118 or fill out the Storm Water Complaint Reporting Form so that we can investigate potential problems. 

Quick Links
Keep Your Grass Clippings Out of the Street
Grass clippings that go into the street can eventually enter the storm drain.  Grass clippings can create blockages in the storm drains or flow into our playa lakes.  Grass clippings contribute nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorous, which cause unwanted and uncontrolled growth of algae and aquatic weeds which are harmful for aquatic life.  
Limit use of pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers
Carefully read and follow all directions when applying chemicals.  Compost your leaf litter and grass clippings for a rich organic fertilizer alternative.  Do not apply chemicals before it is going to rain because they will tend to simply wash away and not soak into the ground.  
Dispose of household hazardous waste properly
Weed killer, drain cleaner, paint, solvents, motor oil and antifreeze should never be poured down the drain or dumped on the ground.  When these toxic materials are improperly stored, they pose many risks to both humans and the environment.  Contact the Solid Waste Department for information on proper disposal.