GENERAL INFORMATION: 503-823-4000
The City may construct, reconstruct, purchase or otherwise acquire, keep, maintain, improve, alter and change water works and all plants and facilities found appropriate by the Council for furnishing water to the City, its property, its inhabitants, and the places and people along or in the vicinity of the pipes, conduits or aqueducts constructed or used for that purpose. The City may acquire by purchase or otherwise, own and possess real and personal property or interests therein, within and without the limits of the City, which the Council finds necessary or convenient. The Council may establish and maintain headworks and supply sources, with all convenient reservoirs, tanks, pumps, supply systems, distribution and related facilities, including land and interests in land, and may acquire other water systems serving property within present or future boundaries of the City. The Council may make all necessary expenditures to carry out these purposes and may enter into contracts for supply of water by the City or supply of water to the City or its inhabitants. Any surplus water may be sold to persons, public or private, outside the City, on terms and conditions the Council finds appropriate. [New sec. Nov. 8, 1966.]
The City may employ personnel, contract for services and perform services under contract or otherwise, found necessary or convenient to carry out the powers granted in this Article. The Council may obtain materials and supplies and do any acts in the operation, maintenance, improvement and extension of City water works which the Council finds necessary or advantageous.
The Council may prescribe regulations relating to water supply, distribution and service, and may impose conditions, and require deposits or cost contributions for water main extensions and water distribution system. The Council may rent or lease equipment or facilities to or from others, and may sell or otherwise dispose of City property, facilities, supplies or equipment, as it finds convenient.
In the Bureau of Water, the Engineer in charge of the engineering staff, the person in charge of the business office, and the head of the Bureau shall not be subject to Civil Service requirements of this Charter. [New sec. Nov. 8, 1966.]
In order to provide funds for construction, reconstruction, replacement, extension, acquisition and maintenance of water plant and property, and the acquisition of water systems, the Council may issue bonds of the City in denominations and for terms the Council determines, in the same manner other bonds of the City are issued. These bonds shall be general obligations of the City, but primarily payable from water revenue. These bonds shall not be included within the debt limit elsewhere prescribed in this Charter. No bonds shall be issued under this section in any year which, with the net outstanding water bond indebtedness, would exceed the total original cost of existing plant and property of the water works and system. [Nov. 8, 1932, new sec. 228-1/2; 1942 recod., sec. 11-201; am. May 16, 1952; rev. Nov. 8, 1966.]
After payment of expenses for issuance of water bonds, the proceeds shall be placed in the Water Construction Fund.
Money from the sale of water and charges related to water works or service shall be placed in the Water Fund. After deducting sinking fund requirements, operating expenses of the water works and plant and the Water Bureau, which may include depreciation on plant and property, and maintenance expense found necessary or appropriate, the Council may transfer any excess in the Water Fund to the Water Construction Fund.
The Council may make transfers between funds in the Water Bureau, but the funds and accounts of the Water Bureau relating to water plant and works shall be separate from other accounts and funds of the City and treated as a separate municipal operation. The Council may impose charges it finds equitable upon the operation of the water system for municipal services of other departments, bureaus and officers, and may impose fees of the same character as for public utilities. Otherwise, money in the Water Fund or the Water Construction Fund shall not be transferred to the General Fund of the City, nor to special funds unrelated to the water works, water system and the sinking funds for water bond debt service. [New sec. Nov. 8, 1966.]
For each fiscal year the Council shall fix water rates which will provide an estimated income to equal expenses and debt service relating to water bonds. No charge shall be made for water used in extinguishing fires in the City.
The Council may fix special charges for connections, disconnections, turn-ons, discontinuances of service, all special services or work, and other contingencies, situations or conditions, which it finds advantageous or appropriate from time to time. Charges and bills may be adjusted as found just and equitable. [New sec. Nov. 8, 1966.]
The Council may make regulations, impose conditions, penalties and forfeitures and institute civil or penal process it finds necessary or appropriate to collect bills for water or charges, and in addition may refuse or discontinue water service to premises for which a bill or charge remains unpaid. Penal enforcement is subject to the penalty limitations fixed in the Charter for ordinance violations. [New sec. Nov. 8, 1966.]