Due to the financial stress many families and businesses are feeling from the COVID-19 pandemic, Clean Water Services is recommending sanitary sewer and surface water management rates remain at their current levels through 2020. Rates and fees will be reevaluated in December 2020 and increases may occur based on the economic recovery of our region. We will manage our budget by prioritizing and sequencing planned capital and operating investments.
In an effort to better serve the community during COVID-19, Clean Water Services has adjusted this year’s process. The CWS Budget Committee meeting and Board meeting dates have been moved to offer more insight into community needs.
The CWS Budget Committee reviews the proposed budget, considers approval and makes their recommendations to the Board.
This meeting will be broadcast live on Washington County's YouTube channel. Public comment will begin at 3:15 pm and will be limited to three minutes per individual for those that appear in person. The public is welcomed to submit questions or comments prior to the meeting and no later than June 3, 2020 by emailing Kathy Leader.
The CWS Board, which is also the Washington County Board of Commissioners, will conduct a public hearing to consider and adopt the budget.
Your bill for sewer and/or Surface Water Management from Clean Water Services is for a two-month period.
The sewer charge has two parts. The base rate is $60.06 per dwelling unit, which is approximately two-thirds of the charge. Single family residences are generally considered one dwelling unit. The usage charge is based on average winter water consumption November through April, which is reviewed and updated each July. Winter water consumption is a good indicator of the wastewater your household produces and discharges into the sewer system for treatment. The usage rate per ccf is $1.99*. New customers will be billed $31.84, based on our average of 16 ccf* and these rates.
The Surface Water Management fee is $18.50 per service unit. Single family residences are generally counted as one service unit, and commercial properties are billed based on a measurement of impervious surface area.
*CCF is an abbreviation for "100 cubic feet." CCF is used as a measurement of water usage and to calculate your bill. There are 748 gallons in one CCF.
|Sewer Base Charge||$60.06|
|Sewer Usage Charge||$1.99/ccf|
|Surface Water Charge||$18.50|
|Combined Average Charge||$110.40|
Sewer and surface water charges can be complicated, so don't hesitate to call Customer Service at 503.681.4400 Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm