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Inquiry About Water Quality Protection Charge
The Water Quality Protection Charge (WQPC) is a line item on property tax bills and is a charge based on the amount of hard, impervious surface of a property (e.g., roof, sidewalk, and driveway). WQPC funds many of the County's clean water initiatives including:

* Restoration of eroded stream banks

* Upgrades to stormwater ponds

* Storm drain cleaning and maintenance

* Stream monitoring

* Litter control programs

* Stormwater facility maintenance

* Installation of rain barrels, rain gardens and green roofs

Impervious area increases will be phased in over a three year period. If the Water Quality Protection Charge impervious area increased since the 2012-2013 tax year, the increase will be phased in over the next three years. The 2013-2014 tax bill will reflect 1/3 of the proposed increase. Eligible homeowners and 501(c)(3) organizations may apply for a financial hardship exemption.

Property owners who own and maintain an onsite stormwater management practice will also be eligible to apply for a reduction in the charge.

Online customers requesting to speak directly with a DEP staff member regarding the WQPC may click on the "Create Service Request" button below. Please complete all required fields, and provide any information that will help DEP address the issue in the "Additional Information" box.

For inquiries requiring the response of a DEP investigator, requestors will typically be contacted within 3 days although resolution of the issue may take longer depending on the circumstances of the case.

Find more information from the following link(s):
  • Water Quality Protection Charge
  • Water Quality Protection Charge Hardship Exemption
  • WQPC Hardship Waivers and Appeals