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Environmental Services

working for clean rivers

Phone: 503-823-7740

Fax: 503-823-6995

1120 SW 5th Avenue, Room 1000, Portland, OR 97204

How Environmental Services Invests Sewer Charges

Fiscal Year 2014-2015 Rates

Sanitary Sewer User Fees

Each dollar of the sanitary sewer user fee pays for the following services:

Operate and Maintain Sanitary Sewer Facilities and Wastewater Treatment Plants - $0.30

  • Repair and maintain sewer pipes, pump stations and treatment plant facilities
  • Operate two wastewater treatment plants
  • Safely dispose of treated wastewater and biosolids

Plan, Design and Manage Construction of Sanitary Sewer Facilities - $0.03

  • Plan, design, engineer, inspect and manage projects to construct new sanitary sewer facilities and replace old facilities

Finance Construction Projects - $0.61

  • Pay private contractors to construct city sanitary sewer facilities; major project areas include:
    • Operating and maintaining facilities to control combined sewer overflows into the Willamette River
    • Repairing and replacing aging sewer pipes and pump stations
    • Expanding and upgrading sewage treatment facilities

Protect the Health and Safety of the Public and the Environment - $0.06

  • Administer federal, state and local environmental regulations
  • Support local planning and public education efforts in Portland watersheds
  • Inspect and monitor private activities that pose a pollution risk to the environment
  • Review and approve private development plans.

Stormwater Management Charges

Each dollar of stormwater management charge pays for the following services:

Plan, Design, Construct and Finance Stormwater Management Facilities - $0.53

  • Plan, design, engineer, inspect and manage projects to construct new stormwater management facilities or replace old facilities
  • Pay debt service of construction bonds

Operate and Maintain Stormwater Management Facilities and Treat Stormwater Runoff - $0.24

  • Repair and maintain stormwater pipes, ditches, culverts, sumps, sedimentation manholes, water pollution control facilities and ponds

Restore Watershed and Environmental Health - $0.12

  • Administer federal, state and local environmental regulations
  • Engage citizens in local planning and public education efforts
  • Identify capital requirements for stormwater management and natural habitat restoration
  • Initiate projects to clean up the Portland Harbor Superfund site

Prevent Pollution and Ensure New Developments Meet Stormwater Management Standards - $0.10

  • Inspect and monitor private activities that pose a pollution risk to the environment
  • Review and approve private development plans