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Portland Water Bureau

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Cost-sharing with Water Bureau on eligible projects


What is the Portland Water Bureau cost-sharing program?

In 2008, the Portland City Council approved a change to City Code Title 21 to recognize the public benefit gained by the City water system when new development occurs. The Code change allows the Portland Water Bureau to cost-share with applicants for water main extensions, public fire hydrants, and water main connections from the public water system to privately constructed subdivisions. To be eligible, the total cost of the project must not exceed $125,000.


How are the costs shared?

Up recently, applicants paid for all costs associated with their projects. Now, the Portland Water Bureau will share in the costs. By City Interim Administrative Rule, the current cost share methodology states that applicants are responsible for 60% of the eligible project costs and the Portland Water Bureau is responsible for 40% of the eligible project costs with the share of public hydrants not to exceed $5,780.


Not included in the cost share program are costs for services (such as installing or activating services or service branches or removing service branches).


How can I get more information?

Contact Portland Water Bureau Development Services, telephone 503‑823‑7368.

Telephone 503-823-7368

FAX 503-823-7743