If you are our utility billing customer, you'll find a summary of our sanitary sewer and Surface Water Management charges below.
You may also download our complete Rates & Charges (PDF, 723KB) document with details that are set annually by our Board of Directors. It identifies:
Your bill for sewer and/or Surface Water Management provided to you by Clean Water Services is for a two-month period.
The sewer charge has two parts. The base rate starting July 1, 2017 is $56.62 per dwelling unit, which is approximately two-thirds of the charge. Single family residences are generally considered one dwelling unit. The usage charge is based on average winter water consumption November through April, which is reviewed and updated each July. Winter water consumption is a good indicator of the wastewater your household produces and discharges into the sewer system for treatment. Beginning July 1, 2017, the usage rate per ccf is $1.87*. New customers will be billed $29.92, based on our average of 16 ccf*.
The Surface Water Management fee starting July 1, 2017 is $16.50 bi-monthly per service unit. Single family residences are generally counted as one service unit, and commercial properties are billed based on a measurement of impervious surface area.
*CCF is an abbreviation for "100 cubic feet." CCF is used as a measurement of water usage and to calculate your bill. There are 748 gallons in one CCF.
|Charge||Current||Proposed Increase||Proposed Total|
|Sewer Base Charge||$54.90||$1.72||$56.62|
|Sewer Usage Charge||$29.12||$0.80||$29.92|
|Surface Water Charge||$15.50||$1.00||$16.50|
Each year, Clean Water Services goes through a budget process from April through June to establish rates for the following fiscal year. Public meeting notices are published in local newspapers, inviting the public to comment on proposed rates before the budget is adopted. Citizens are welcome to attend the District's Budget Committee meeting in May or to testify before the District's Board of Directors, which ultimately adopts the budget, in June. Before any rate change, the District sends media releases to local newspapers and billing inserts to customers to notify customers of rate increases.
Sewer and surface water charges can be complicated, so don't hesitate to call Customer Service at 503.681.4400 Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm.