Fair Fees for Stormwater

Environment Hamilton has begun outreach to have Hamilton introduce a new fair fee for stormwater in our city - but we can't do it without your support. Read and sign the petition below!

More information can be found on our website here.

Dear Mayor Eisenberger and City Council,


I am calling on you to address the rising costs and risk of stormwater management in the City of Hamilton by listening to staff recommendations to reevaluate how we, as a city, pay for the costs of our stormwater management system.  As it stands now, households pay for rising stormwater management costs primarily through our water bills. Property owners contributing the most to stormwater runoff which strains our system, pollutes our environment and degrades our infrastructure pay little or none of the costs of dealing with the problem. This approach to stormwater fees has resulted in an underfunded system. Residents don’t see how much we are paying and why. I want fair fees for Hamilton to provide:


1. Transparency (see what we’re paying for)

2. Equity (everyone pays their fair share)

3. Sustainability (city can reliably fund and prepare for the future)

4. Incentives (encourage people to do better, reward those who do)

5. Stewardship (protecting environment and water quality)

I urge you to support Environment Hamilton’s call to adopt a fair stormwater fee system, following the lead of other Ontario municipalities.

Who's signing

329 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Christene Hazelton
    signed 2016-11-29 16:08:32 -0500
  • Harry Rasmussen
    @HarryRasmussen tweeted link to this page. 2016-11-29 15:49:28 -0500
  • Lorraine Campbell
    signed 2016-11-29 14:44:45 -0500
    Complete rip off to tax payers when will the Government ever get things right?
  • Steve coates
    signed 2016-11-29 14:19:18 -0500
    Steve coates
  • D Lane
    signed 2016-11-29 13:54:22 -0500
  • Kimberly Hornby
    signed via 2016-11-29 13:40:31 -0500
  • Allan Taylor
    signed 2016-11-29 13:11:30 -0500
    City water isn’t storm water, why is storm water on our city water bill at all. There’s no relationship between the 2
  • George Thomson
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-11-29 12:29:36 -0500
    Sign the petition: Fair Fees for Stormwater
  • G Thomson
    signed 2016-11-29 12:29:18 -0500
  • Kevin Spearing
    signed 2016-11-29 12:26:26 -0500
  • melanie brooks
    signed 2016-11-29 11:52:40 -0500
    melanie brooks
  • Grace Correia
    signed 2016-11-29 11:35:24 -0500
  • Michelle Monaghan
    signed 2016-11-29 11:32:27 -0500
  • Peter Queck
    signed 2016-11-24 16:27:19 -0500
  • William Mehlenbacher
    signed 2016-11-24 08:01:02 -0500
  • Ben Babcock
    signed 2016-11-23 02:09:27 -0500
    Each property needs to process its own stormwater on-site, with zero runoff, or else pay the full cost of getting it to the Lake. (It should be cleaned too!)
  • Jessica Vu
    signed 2016-11-22 13:27:33 -0500
  • M. Victoria Julian
    signed 2016-11-22 12:11:08 -0500
  • Debi Ireland
    signed 2016-11-21 15:41:15 -0500
    Debi Ireland
  • Pat Kozowyk
    signed 2016-11-15 10:55:00 -0500
    Plus new building codes and permits addressing storm water runoff need to be adopted as quickly as possible in order to avoid new problems.
  • Robert James
    signed via 2016-11-13 20:00:33 -0500
    It is about time that Hamilton join the other cities which have stopped letting these big developers off the hook. They need to pay for the water they send down the sewers. Rather than taking it out of home-owners taxes.
  • M. Ruth Pickering
    signed 2016-11-13 18:19:31 -0500
  • denise kozak
    signed 2016-11-10 22:49:08 -0500
  • Shawn Wood
    signed 2016-11-10 09:35:58 -0500
  • Tim Amos
    signed 2016-11-10 07:17:47 -0500
    Let’s be reasonable. Why should we cover the costs of concrete jungles?
  • Andrew Staples
    signed 2016-11-09 13:44:56 -0500
  • Rita Bailey
    signed 2016-11-04 13:36:31 -0400
    I’ve purchased rain barrels and landscaped my property so that storm water soaks into the ground and doesn’t go down the drain and cost the city more money. Business owners should be required to do the same. Home owners shouldn’t have to pay for storm water runoff from large parking lots and buildings with flat roofs. Everyone should pay their fair share. City Bylaws should require businesses to take measures to mitigate storm water runoff or pay the cost.
  • Leo Gervais
    signed 2016-11-04 13:04:41 -0400
    Leo Gervais
  • Lynn Gates
    signed 2016-11-02 22:57:07 -0400
  • Roman Caruk
    signed 2016-11-01 21:59:16 -0400