Clean Water Services (CWS) Board of Directors took action today to further delay sanitary sewer and stormwater rate increases for 600,000 residents of urban Washington County in order to reduce the financial stress many families and businesses are continuing to feel from the COVID-19 pandemic. On December 1, the Board upheld its June 23, 2020 decision to pause rate increases until July 1, 2021. CWS will continue to manage its budget by prioritizing and sequencing planned capital and operating investments.
“Families and businesses of Washington County are still hurting from the economic impact of this public health crisis, and their ability to thrive in this pandemic is our main concern,” said CWS Board Chair Kathryn Harrington. “We hope that by delaying sanitary sewer and surface water management rate increases until next fiscal year, our community will have more time to heal and prepare for needed investments.”
Rates support CWS’ work protecting water resources and meet the changing needs of the community. This requires additional investments in aging infrastructure, ensuring our long-term water supply security and meeting increasingly stringent federal and state water pollution control needs.
For more than 50 years, Clean Water Services has worked to protect public health, while enhancing the natural environment. Combining science and nature, we clean water and return it to the Tualatin River, so it can be used again. More than 600,000 customers enjoy clean water and healthy rivers and streams as a result of our innovative water management solutions, drainage management, water-quality and stream-enhancement projects, habitat protection and more.
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