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Personal Responsiblity for Stormwater: How should it work?

Officials and environmentalists are increasingly stressing that controlling the negative impacts that come from excessive runoff starts at home. In Pittsburgh, where the government is under pressure to prevent flooding, the small things individuals can do really add up.

A recent Pittsburgh Gazette article encourages personal responsibility for stormwater management. In the article, the Three Rivers Wet Weather group recommends that consumers conserve water by installing low-flow toilets, taking shorter showers and running the dishwasher and washing machine only for full loads. In addition, homeowners should wash cars on the lawn to keep water out of the stormwater and sewerage systems.

One thing that is of particular note is the mention of financial incentives for homeowners (such as discounts from a stormwater fee) to implement stormwater infrastructure in their home.

What do you think about these financial incentives? Do you think that they work? Are there other incentives that might work better?

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