What are Surface Water utility charges and what are they used for?

The surface water utility charges are annual service charges to property owners for storm and surface water management services. Surface Water Management (SWM) is a utility that provides essential services in unincorporated Snohomish County. These services are funded by annual SWM utility charges paid by property owners in unincorporated Snohomish County. SWM partners with the community to reduce flood damage and to protect and enhance our water resources for future generations by providing customers with services in four core areas:

  • drainage and road flooding, 
  • water quality, 
  • salmon and marine habitat, and 
  • river flooding. 

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1. Whom do I contact about a drainage problem?
2. Whom do I contact about a water pollution problem?
3. What are Surface Water utility charges and what are they used for?
4. When were the Surface Water Management utility charges approved?
5. Who pays Snohomish County surface water utility charges?
6. How much is the utility charge?
7. Are discounts to the utility charge available?
8. How do I request an appeal, refund, or get more information?