Stormwater runoff is rain or melted snow that is not absorbed into the ground, used by plants, or evaporated into the atmosphere. The public storm sewer system in the City of Loveland collects and conveys stormwater runoff to the Little Miami River. Stormwater is not cleaned and processed at a treatment plant before the outlet, as separate sanitary sewer flows are.
The City of Loveland is defined by the EPA to own and operate a Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4). As part of the permitting requirements under the EPA’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Phase II (NPDES II) program, the city established a Storm Water Master Plan (SWMP) in 2003. Additionally, the City of Loveland is a member of the Regional Storm Water Collaborative, which helps the city meet some of the Ohio EPA's Minimum Control Measures.
Also in 2003, a Storm Water Utility fee was established. The utility fee was created to offset the costs of managing and improving a storm sewer system, including meeting OEPA permit requirements. The utility fee is the same base rate for residential properties and is calculated based on the impervious area on non-residential properties, which typically have more storm water runoff.
If you have questions about storm water, or want to report a drainage issue or potential illicit discharge into a waterway, please contact Cindy Klopfenstein, PE, CFM, City Engineer.