What we do

The City of Asheville Stormwater Utility collects fees from property owners in Asheville in order to:

  • Plan for, improve and operate the stormwater system in an efficient and effective manner;
  • Adopt development policies and standards that prevent flooding, preserve streams and channels, and minimize water pollution without arresting new or infill development;
  • Develop detailed watershed plans that promote orderly growth;
  • Fully comply with federal and state regulatory requirements;
  • Educate the public about stormwater issues and involve them in stormwater initiatives; and
  • Implement utility fees to meet these needs in a fair an equitable manner.

Stormwater is rain that falls on streets, roofs, parking lots and other man made surfaces and flows down gutters and into storm drains. The storm drain system empties directly into creeks, rivers, lakes and other bodies of water. When rain flows into the storm drain system, it picks up pollutants like pesticides, paint, household chemicals, sediment, yard waste, detergents, oil and grease, trash and pet waste. Stormwater runoff is the #1 source of impairment for freshwater streams and shorelines in North Carolina. Stormwater and stormwater pollution can contaminate drinking water sources, sicken swimmers, disrupt aquatic habitats, cause fish kills, contribute to flash flooding, and cause land and stream bank erosion.

Stormwater Services and Utility News

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Crew to begin Skyview Place retaining wall repairs

The repair area on Skyview Place.   Work will begin Monday, Jan. 14, to repair and extend a retaining wall between Skyview Place and Sunset Drive.   That portion of Skyview Place has been closed since 2017, when heavy rains caused a slope failure.   The project will include improvements to the stormwater system on […]

Asheville roads reopen following some flooding

Tropical Storm Michael rolled through the Carolinas Thursday, causing the City of Asheville to close some street as the Swannanoa and French Broad rivers briefly jumped their banks in some places. All roads have now reopened. Public Works crews worked overnight to clean mud and debris off of Azalea and Swannanoa River roads so that […]