Stormwater Management

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Stormwater management will comprehensively address surface water within the City through public leadership to protect and preserve the environment and the quality of life in Greenville. Design, construction, maintenance, and management of the physical structures and water courses will be performed in partnership with the community to meet community goals of reducing the risk of flooding and protecting surface water quality.

In order to accomplish our vision, the City of Greenville, with the help of a Stormwater Advisory Committee appointed by City Council, developed and implemented a Stormwater Utility to support the City's comprehensive Stormwater Management Program to meet federal and state mandates for water quality protection; reduce the risk of flooding; protect, maintain, rehabilitate and upgrade existing stormwater resources and infrastructure; and involve the public through education and volunteer efforts. The intent of this program is to meet these objectives through a balance of public and private investments in the system.

City Council adopted the regulations in late 2002 that established the Stormwater Utility, which became effective July 1, 2003.  Revenue generated by the Stormwater Utility fund is being used to support the Stormwater Management Program, which includes compliance with the Tar-Pamlico Nutrient Management State Regulations and the Federal National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Regulations for water quality. It will also provide for the maintenance of the City's drainage system such as pipes and ditches, protecting properties from flooding, protecting our streams and wetlands from erosion and pollution, and major capital investments for the drainage system as it ages. 

For more information about the program, please call 252.329.4350.

Residential Customers

All residential customers are charged a fee. Effective July 1, 2022, the fee is $7.35 for every 2,000 square feet of impervious area which is located on the property. Residential properties (Single-family and duplexes) fall in one of the following four tiers:

Tier Monthly Fee Impervious Area (SF)



200 - 2000


$14.70 (2 x base)

2001 - 4000


$22.05 (3 x base)

4001 - 6000


$29.40 (4 x base)


Non-Residential Customers

All non-residential customers will be charged $7.35 per 2,000 square feet of impervious cover existing on their property per month. Non-residential properties are all properties other than single-family and duplexes.

  • Example:

    100,000 sf/ 2,000 sf = 50 ERU
    50 ERU x $7.35 per month = $367.50 per month for the Stormwater Utility Fee

Stormwater Detention Ordinance Implementation

Regarding the requirements for attenuation of the 25-year, 24-hour storm event for areas at special risk as noted in section 9-9-10(B), such areas were identified during the watershed master planning process and are shown in the link below.

To see the ordinance amending Chapter 9 of Title 9 of the City Code relating to the attenuation requirements set forth in the Stormwater Management and Control Ordinance, please click here.

Rain Barrel Municipality Program

Epoch Rain Barrels offers a Municipality Program that saves City residents more than 50 percent off the purchase of a 50-gallon barrel. Residents can pick up the barrels at Eastern Carolina Vocational Center (2100 North Greene Street). More information can be found here.

Stormwater Projects