In a letter to mayor henry schramm (CSU), the two green city councilors hans-dieter herold and doris stein ask that their proposal be submitted for a resolution at the february meeting. In this letter, they demanded that the city council instruct the mayor, the management of the municipal utility and the administration to submit intensified planning for groundwater protection and flood prevention, including a rough timetable for foreseeable implementation, and to consider the introduction of a split wastewater charge in the short term.
In particular, according to the will of the greens, the following requirements and questions must be taken into account:
– foreseeable implementation and timing of the flood clearance of the coal stream and thus enabling the rest of the sewerage system between the municipal court and the stony gash. How will ongoing and further tree removals and sealings affect the foreign water in this area??
– implementation of the dewatering of the fortress hill to avoid unbuffered runoff of surface water into the city center. How do proposed and, in some cases, planned large-scale developments (hundsanger, student dormitories) affect the problem of extraneous water disposal (for example, sealing parking areas, draining rooftop areas)?? How can the problematic foreign water content in the sewage system of grafendobrach be avoided?? What plans are in the pipeline? What measures are to be taken to expedite the inspection of the entire sewer system for damage and its repair in a reasonable amount of time? WHICH "MAYOR CHANNEL" in the urban districts are in urgent need of rehabilitation? What additions to urban land use planning and building design are necessary to keep future land sealing to a minimum? Which degrees of sealing are to be determined? What incentives can be created to reduce sealing and require structural measures to retain surface water on the private side??
The green city council emphasizes: "the trend in wastewater charging in germany is clearly moving toward split wastewater charges. According to case law, a split wastewater charge can only be waived if the share of costs for the disposal of precipitation water of the entire drainage system does not exceed twelve percent. The municipality has the burden of proving that this twelve percent is not exceeded. The administration and the public utility company must present comprehensible calculations that can be used in court to ensure that the cost share of precipitation water disposal in kulmbach does not exceed twelve percent."
The greens also demand that the costs of draining streets and bursts, which are in any case borne by the city, be calculated in a realistic and citizen-friendly manner.
The two city councils concluded: "if the cost share of twelve percent cannot be maintained in a resilient and sustainable manner, the necessary preparations for the introduction of the split wastewater fee must be made promptly and the introduction must be implemented. The reasoning is largely derived from the application. In addition, reference is made to the reports of the water protection officer on the status of the general drainage plan."
Difference where the split wastewater charge is not introduced, only the domestic wastewater is taken into account and billed on the basis of the amount of drinking water used. Critics argue that this gives an advantage to large companies or consumer markets with a high proportion of sealed surfaces and low drinking water requirements in the calculation. When splitting the fee, the discharge of precipitation water is included. In this case, the charge is based on the sealed areas on the property that are actually connected to the sewer. Critics again see high collection and control costs as a counter-argument here.
Verdict already on 31. In march 2003, the bavarian administrative court issued a ruling to this effect. According to this, municipalities can only be exempted from splitting if the costs of stormwater disposal amount to less than twelve percent of the total costs of the entire property drainage system. In order to achieve a change, however, fee payers in the respective municipalities had to file an objection against the wastewater notice – then the municipality must also disclose its calculation.
History the greens in kulmbach have been demanding the introduction of the split wastewater fee since 2005. At the time, then-city councilor volker wack had introduced the topic into the discussion. There has also been talk about this in subsequent years – the last time was in 2008, when jurgen ohrlein, a member of the district council from mainleus, informed the public about the split wastewater fee. The kulmbach city council had already rejected a change in march 2007, because too high costs were feared due to the collection and the share of 10.76 is below the said twelve percent.
Spread in the district of kulmbach, himmelkron, mainleus, marktleugast, neudrossenfeld, neuenmarkt, thurnau and trebgast have now introduced the split wastewater charge – the kodnitz municipal council rejected the introduction at the end of 2015. After the split wastewater fee, the region u.A. Also settled in bayreuth, burgkunstadt and kups.