Environmental Services

Monthly Drainage Utility Fees

The City of Killeen's Drainage Utility was created in October 2001 to improve the function and the health of the City's drainage infrastructure. The City assesses a fee to support this function upon each developed lot or parcel within the City's drainage service area. Benefited properties are categorized as residential and non-residential. The current Drainage Utility fee schedule can be found in Chapter 32 of the Killeen Code of Ordinances.

The primary activities of the City of Killeen's Drainage Utility include:

  • Administration of storm water discharge permits for the City's small municipal separate storm sewer system, land development activities that disturb one acre or greater, and selected industrial activities.
  • Assistance to citizens and staff affected by the City's drainage infrastructure.
  • Continued development and enhancement of the City's Storm Water.
  • Drainage Master Plan.
  • Implementation of the City's Drainage Capital Improvements Program.

Unobstructed Flow

The City of Killeen utilizes our Drainage Maintenance Plan and reports by citizens to maintain our drainage system. The most significant concern is unobstructed flow within improved drainage ways. Unfortunately, problems aren't always acknowledged unless we experience a huge rainfall event and citizens call in to report the problems that occurred.

Funding

Funding from your Drainage Utility is used to provide an increase in the level of maintenance and improvement of the drainage system, and increase support of mandatory federal and state water quality requirements. With this funding, the City can begin to inspect, clean, and repair drainage infrastructure proactively so improved drainage systems can operate as designed and blockages that cause flooding can be reduced.

Clean Water Act Compliance

City staff have begun several activities designed to comply with the requirements of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Clean Water Act known as Phase II of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (or NPDES; here in Texas it is the TPDES). Storm water run-off is the most common source of surface water pollution because it carries contaminants to our creeks and streams. It also carries contaminants to our drinking water supplies and places of recreation. Activities to reduce pollutants include:

  • Informing members of the community how they can individually help keep our streams and waterways from being polluted
  • Construction site erosion control requirements
  • Storm water collection system maintenance
  • Flood and erosion best management practices
  • Streamway buffers and green space to absorb or abate stream pollution

For questions about your Drainage Utility, call 254-501-7629.

Drainage Design Manual

Infrastructure Design & Development Standards Manual