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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 $3,505. 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 2015-2016
July 1, 2015 through
June 30, 2016
Fiscal Year 2014-2015
July 1, 2014 through
June 30, 2015
 Monthly billing      $1.1913 per day      $1.1133 per day
 Bi-Monthly billing      $0.5957 per day      $0.5567 per day
 Quarterly billing      $0.3971 per day      $0.3711 per day
Total Base Charges per Billing Cycle
 Monthly account - 30 days      $35.74      $33.40
 Bi-Monthly account - 60 days      $35.74      $33.40
 Quarterly account - 90 days      $35.74      $33.40
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"        $1.3410/day      $1.2532/day
     1"        $1.4696/day      $1.3734/day
     1 1/4" and 1 1/2"        $1.7913/day      $1.6740/day
     2"        $2.4953/day      $2.3319/day
     3" and greater        $3.3968/day      $3.1744/day