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Portland Water Bureau

From forest to faucet, we deliver the best drinking water in the world.


1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 600, Portland, OR 97204

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Base Charge

The base charge covers the cost of reading and inspecting meters, servicing customer accounts, and billing. It is based on a cost per day, reflecting the number of days in the service period.


All properties, including those that are vacant, are billed daily service charges. Even if no water is used at the property, the Water Bureau still maintains the service and will continue billing the Water Base charge. To stop all water charges, the water service (the water meter and service line to the water main in the street) must be permanently decommissioned.  The base charge to remove a 2” or smaller water service starts at $3,277. Contact Water Development Services at 503 823-7368 to determine the cost for a specific location. 

Permanent removal of a water service may decrease the value of your property, as it would be necessary to pay additional system development charges to add a new service in the future.

Total base charge:

Fiscal Year 2014-2015
July 1, 2014 through
June 30, 2015

Fiscal Year 2013-2014
July 1, 2013 through
June 30, 2014

 Monthly billing

     $1.113 per day

     $1.0403 per day

 Bi-Monthly billing

     $0.5567 per day

     $0.5202 per day

 Quarterly billing

     $0.3711 per day

     $0.3468 per day

Total base charges per billing cycle:

 Monthly account - 30 days



 Bi-Monthly account - 60 days



 Quarterly account - 90 days



Fire protection services, combination domestic and fire protection services, and services equipped with backflow or check metering devices located in City-owned vaults are billed a daily charge based on meter size as follows: 

     5/8" and 3/4"        $1.2532/day      $1.1711/day
     1"        $1.3734/day      $1.2835/day
     1 1/4" and 1 1/2"        $1.6740/day      $1.5644/day
     2"        $2.3319/day      $2.1792/day
     3" and greater        $3.1744/day      $2.9665/day