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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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Rates & Charges

The Water Bureau delivers water service to Portland residents and businesses. 

Water rates are based on the cost of providing service to residential, commercial, industrial, institutional, and wholesale customers. 

Water bills pay for:

  • Operating and maintaining the water system
  • Providing customer service
  • Constructing and replacing water facilities
  • Complying with regulatory standards
  • Paying debt service on bonds 

Portland Water Rates, Fiscal Year 2016-17
The average single family residential monthly bill for water service increased 7.0% on July 1, 2016.  The monthly water bill for the typical single family residential customer using 5 ccf a month in fiscal year 2016-2017 is $33.83. The city adjusts water rates annually on July 1.

With the volume rate $4.216 per ccf  =  1.8 gallons cost a penny.

The City Council Ordinance on water rates is available on the Auditor's website.

Estimated Bills

Bills may be estimated if readings cannot be obtained.

Water volume charges

Based on how much water you used

Base Charge

Charge for daily services

Portland Harbor Superfund Charge

Paying for an investigation into the extent and nature of Portland Harbor contamination.

Bureau of Environmental Services, Sewer and Stormwater

Learn about the sewer and stormwater portion of your bill.

Clean River Rewards

Find information about BES's Clean River Rewards program.