Portland water and sewer rates set to increase

May 17, 2021

The City Council is set to raise water, sewer and stormwater rates for Portland customers on Wednesday.

The two ordinances are scheduled to be considered at 2 p.m. on May 19.

If the Portland Water Bureau ordinance is approved, rates will increase 7.8% The typical residential water customer will pay $48.39 a month beginning on July 1. The medium commercial customer will pay $657.61 a month.

According to the accompanying Impact Statement, "The water utility rates are designed to generate revenue to cover the cost of providing water. The costs are determined by the budget which was reviewed by the Portland Utility Board (PUB), an 11-member citizen body created to strengthen oversight functions for the City's water, sewer and stormwater services."

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