How Environmental Services Invests Sanitary Sewer User Fees*
*Estimates below are based on FY 2018-2019 rates. Updated estimates for FY 2019-2020 will be posted shortly.
Each dollar of the sanitary sewer user fee pays for the following services:
FINANCE CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS - $0.50
Pay debt service on construction bonds used to previously construct city sanitary sewer facilities, and funds some current projects with cash. Major project areas include facilities to halt combined sewer overflows into the Willamette River (“The Big Pipe Project”), rehabilitation and replacement of aging sewer pipes and pump stations, and the expansion and upgrade of sewage treatment facilities.
OPERATE AND MAINTAIN SANITARY SEWER FACILITIES AND WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANTS - $0.38
Repair and maintain sewer pipes, pump stations and treatment plant facilities. Operate two treatment plants. Safely dispose of treated wastewater and sewer solids.
PROTECT THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF THE PUBLIC AND THE ENVIRONMENT - $0.07
Administer federal, state and local environmental regulations. Support local planning and public education efforts in City watersheds. Inspect and monitor private activities that pose a pollution risk to the environment. Review and approve private development plans. Participate in Portland Harbor Superfund.
PLAN, DESIGN AND MANAGE CONSTRUCTION OF SANITARY SEWER FACILITIES - $0.05
Plan, design, engineer, inspect and manage projects to construct new sanitary sewer facilities and replace old facilities.
How Environmental Services Invests Your Stormwater Management Charges
Each dollar of stormwater management charge pays for the following services:
PLAN, DESIGN, CONSTRUCT AND FINANCE STORMWATER FACILITIES - $0.51
Pay debt service of construction bonds. Plan, design, engineer, inspect and manage projects to construct new stormwater management facilities or replace old facilities.
OPERATE AND MAINTAIN STORMWATER FACILITIES, AND TREAT STORMWATER RUNOFF - $0.22
Repair and maintain stormwater pipes, ditches, culverts, sumps, sedimentation manholes, water pollution control facilities and ponds.
RESTORE WATERSHED AND ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH - $0.17
Administer federal, state and local environmental regulations. Engage citizens in local planning and public education efforts. Identify capital requirements for stormwater management and the restoration of natural habitat. Participate in Portland Harbor Superfund.
PREVENT POLLUTION AND ASSIST DEVELOPMENTS TO MEET STORMWATER STANDARDS - $0.10
Inspect and monitor private activities that pose a pollution risk to the environment. Review and approve private development plans.