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Have you ever wondered where water from your storm drain goes?
In Montgomery County, rain water flows into storm drains that may lead directly to our streams and rivers. The water is not treated – so all the trash, oils and pollutants picked up along the way flow into our local waters.
This type of pollution is known as stormwater pollution. Learn more about stormwater pollution and what the County is doing.
The best way to prevent stormwater pollution is to have rain water be absorbed into the ground before it even reaches storm drains. The difficulty in Montgomery County is that so much land has been covered in concrete, asphalt, driveways
and buildings that there is nowhere for the water to go but down the storm drain.
Have a question about the WQPC? View the WQPC Frequently Asked Questions
The Water Quality Protection Charge (WQPC) is part of the Montgomery County property tax bill. The WQPC funds projects to minimize stormwater pollution, protect property and infrastructure, and restore our rivers and streams.
The WQPC is calculated based on the potential for a property to contribute to stormwater pollution. The bigger, more developed a property, the higher the WQPC.
Montgomery County first approved the WQPC in 2001 for single-family homes, condos and multi-family properties. The charge has appeared on residential property tax bills since 2002.
A state law passed in 2012 now requires all large counties in Maryland, like Montgomery County, to have such a charge, and to apply the charge to all property owners, including non-residential properties.
View Your Water Quality Protection Charge bill.
Money raised by the WQPC is funding restoration projects to restore our rivers and streams.
The County has:
The WQPC restoration projects create jobs, boost the local economy and provide healthier waters.
You can help reduce the impacts of stormwater pollution, and at the same time, lower your Water Quality Protection Charge bill.
Receive a Credit towards your WQPC by installing stormwater management practices on your property.
Stormwater management practices, such as rain gardens, conservation landscaping and dry wells, store and/or treat stormwater pollution. Plus several types of stormwater management have the added benefit of beautifying your property too.
Stormwater management practices include:
How is the WQPC Calculated for Me?
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