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Portland Water Bureau

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Customer Service: 503-823-7770


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Base and Daily Meter Size Charges

Base Charges

The base charge covers the cost of reading and inspecting meters, servicing customer accounts, and billing.

FY 2017–18 base charge: $40.82 per meter read. Base charges are set yearly.

Residential customers have meters that are read every quarter. For customers using monthly statements, the base charge is divided into each monthly bill by one-third. Even if no water is used at a property, the Water Bureau still maintains the water service and will continue billing the base charge.

For more information on reading your bill, see the guide “How to Read your Sewer, Stormwater, and Water Bill”.

Meter Size Daily Charges

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.

Meter sizes and the corresponding daily charges are listed below.

Meter Size Daily Charge for
Fiscal Year
(7/1/2017 through 6/30/2018)
5/8” and ¾” $1.5311/day
1" $1.6779/day
1 ¼” and 1 ½”  $2.0452/day
2" $2.8489/day
3” and greater $3.8782/day

How to Stop All Water Charges

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 $3,865.00.

Contact Water Development Services at 503-823-7368 to determine the decommission cost for a specific location. 

Please note that 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.