PORTLAND - Recently the Portland Water District’s Board of Trustees unanimously approved a combined $42 million water and wastewater operating budget which represents a 3.8 percent increase over 2016. Much of the increase is related to infrastructure maintenance and improvements, including water main replacement, and wastewater treatment plant and pump station upgrades.
In addition to the operating budget, a $18.7 million capital improvement plan was approved. The plan allocates $10.8 million in water distribution system upgrades and $6.7 million in wastewater collection system and treatment facility projects.
The budget assumes a mid-year water rate increase of 1.67 percent, which is estimated to add an additional $0.32 to a typical monthly water bill. In coming months, the board will consider a water rate increase. This does not affect wastewater rates, which are determined by local municipalities.