Stormwater Utility

Adams County Stormwater Utility (SWU) was established in 2012. The SWU assesses an annual user fee to all properties located within the service area. The stormwater utility is an independent funding mechanism to pay for the cost of services related to the implementation of the Stormwater Management Program. 

The SWU service area encompasses properties within unincorporated Adams County. This area is bordered on the north, south and west by the County boundary. The eastern boundary of the service area is bordered by Schumaker Road (near Denver International Airport). This area excludes any properties within the city limits of the following municipalities: Aurora, Northglenn, Thornton, Commerce City, Brighton, Westminster, Federal Heights, Arvada, Bennett and Lochbuie.

The Stormwater Utility, currently provides public drainage services for approximately 27,000 properties and extends approximately 257 square miles (164,480 acres).

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The annual fee is mailed out by April 1, and payment is due by June 30.

 

 

2018 Stormwater Utility Newsletter - English and Spanish

Payment Options

Pay OnlinePay Online - It's free, quick and easy!
Payments can be made with a credit card, debit card or electronic check. This link is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express are accepted. Customer number is needed to process payment. There are no transaction fees. PAY ONLINE

 

Pay by PhonePay By Phone
Call 1.800.487.4567. Tell the operator you need to pay Adams County, Transportation, Stormwater Utility in Colorado.

 

 

Pay by Mail

Pay By Mail
We accept checks and money orders by mail, please do not mail cash. Make checks and money orders payable to: "Adams County Stormwater."

Mail to:
Adams County Stormwater Management Division
4430 S. Adams County Parkway
1st Floor Suite W2000B
Brighton, CO 80601

Please include your customer number on your check.  Send payment with the bottom portion of your statement before the due date using the return envelope provided.

Pay in PersonPay In Person
The Customer Center office is located at Adams County Government Center, 4430 South Adams County Parkway, 1st Floor Suite W2000B and is open Monday thru Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (except county holidays). We accept cash, check, money order, debit and credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express).

 

Dropbox
Drop your payment at our Stormwater Utility dropbox, located outside the front entrance of the Government Center. Save a stamp - and the dropbox is available 24-7 for your convenience.

 

Important Information

Cap Fee Chart This chart shows the different account types and their capped fee amounts.  Cap fees were determined by calculating the average fee per property classification type as determined by the Assessor's Office.  The cap fees were adopted by the BoCC on April1, 2013 and will remain in place for the 2016 fiscal year.
Billing Information Billing information in English and Spanish.
Impervious Area Lookup Your fee is based on the impervious square footage on your property.  To view an interactive map of your property you will need to enter your address, or parcel number. Instructions for Impervious Lookup.
Service Area Map A 2016 map of the stormwater utility service area.  The properties in the service area are  in the western portion of unincorporated Adams County, west of Schumaker Road.
SWU Policy Manual Stormwater Utility Policy Manual (Rev. 3-7-2017)
How do I read my bill? Quick reference explaining the most important portions of your annual stormwater utility statement.
FAQs More questions? Please check our FAQ section.
Appeal Form File an appeal if you think your invoice amount is incorrect. Reasons for an appeal include: incorrect property ownership and inaccurate impervious surface area calculation or update of impervious area. 
Credit Policy Adams County current Credit Policy, including previous Credit Report Analysis and Credit Eligibility Report explain which properties may qualify for a credit up to 65% discount on your Stormwater Utility fee.
Credit Application Form You may qualify to receive a discount up to 65% on your Stormwater fee if you provide water quality, water quantity and/or maintenance of regional drainage structures on private property.
Budget Learn about the Stormwater Utility Budget.
Financial Report Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.
Change of Address Please contact or submit the change of address for to the Assessor's Office.
Advisory Board

Would you like to be involved with making recommendations to the County regarding the priority of drainage capital improvement projects and infrastructure needs for the Stormwater Utility service area? Apply for the Stormwater Advisory Board. Contact Katie Burczek.

Stormwater Utility 5-Year CIP Plan (2018-2022)

Partnership Construction Projects

Status

SWU Contributions

Hoffman Drainageway Improvement Project
(Rainbow St to Steele St)
Completion by 2017 Stormwater Utility -- $2.0 Million (2016)
Stormwater Utility -- $1.3 Million (2017)
Total Cost of Project -- $6 Million
Clear Creek Drop Structure Design 2018 - Completion by 2019 Stormwater Utility -- $750,000
Total Cost of Project -- $3 Million
Dahlia St. Project – Dahlia St. from Hwy. 224 to I-76 Completion by 2019 Stormwater Utility -- $3.0 Million (*)
Total Cost of Project -- $8 Million
Dahlia Pond Improvements at southwest corner of I-76 Completion by 2020 Stormwater Utility -- $3.0 Million (*)
Broadway Intersection at 62nd Ave (minor system) Completion by 2021 Stormwater Utility -- $500,000 (*)

Partnership Studies

Status

SWU Contributions

Little Dry Creek - Major Drainageway Planning and Flood Hazard Delineation Study Completion by 2018 Stormwater Utility -- $14,000 (2015)
Grange Hall Creek
Flood Hazard Delineation Study
Completion by 2018 Stormwater Utility -- $8,000 (2015)
Basin 4100 & DFA 0056
Outfall Systems Plan (OSP) Update
Completion by 2018 Stormwater Utility -- $12,000 (2017)
Pecos & 54th Ave
Outfall Systems Plan (OSP) Update
Completion by 2018 Stormwater Utility -- $75,000 (2017)
South Platte River FHAD Completion by 2018 Stormwater Utility -- $18,000 (2017)
Clear Creek FHAD Completion by 2018 Stormwater Utility -- $20,000 (2016)
Third Creek Master Drainage Plan
Outfall Systems Plan (OSP) Update
Completion by 2018 Stormwater Utility -- $50,000 (2016)
Second Creek (downstream from DIA)
Major Drainageway Planning and Flood Hazard Delineation Study
Completion by 2018 Stormwater Utility -- $20,000 (2016)
Brantner Gulch
Major Drainageway Planning and Flood Hazard Delineation Update
Completion by 2019 Stormwater Utility -- $15,000 (2018)
DFA 0054
Major Drainageway Planning and Flood Hazard Delineation Update
Completion by 2019 Stormwater Utility -- $30,000 (*)
Lost Creek
Major Drainageway Planning
Completion by TBD Stormwater Utility -- $TBD (*)
McKay Lake Watershed
Outfall Systems Plan (OSP)
Completion by TBD Stormwater Utility -- $8,000 (*)
Maintenance Program Status Funding
2018 Video Inspection and Maintenance of Stormwater Infrastructure Annual Program - Spring 2018 $900,000 (*)
2019 Video Inspection and Maintenance of Stormwater Infrastructure Annual Program - Spring 2019 $900,000 (*)
2020 Video Inspection and Maintenance of Stormwater Infrastructure Annual Program - Spring 2020 $900,000 (*)
2021 Video Inspection and Maintenance of Stormwater Infrastructure Annual Program - Spring 2021 $900,000 (*)
2022 Video Inspection and Maintenance of Stormwater Infrastructure Annual Program - Spring 2022 $900,000 (*)
     (*) subject to BoCC approval

Contact Us

If you have questions about the Stormwater Utility, please contact the Adams County Stormwater Quality Office at 720.523.6400 or email swq@adcogov.org. To help improve your experience, please be ready to provide your name, customer number (top right corner of your statement) or address.