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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Water Bureau

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Customer Service: 503-823-7770


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Fees, Charges, SDCs

Fees and charges for water services
City Council approves water rates for each fiscal year (July 1 to June 30). The rates and charges are published in the annual rate ordinance. Fees for Water Bureau development services work includes developer plan reviews, installing, activating and removing water services, installing fire hydrants, installing water mains, and system development charges (SDCs).

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 for removal of water service starts at $4,593. Contact Water Development Services at 503 823-7368 to determine the cost for a specific location. 

Estimating SDCs
Water meter size determines SDC costs. These resources will help you estimate your cost:

Concerned about costs?
Two programs can assist you with the cost of installing water services:

  • Installment loans and deferral contracts to finance System Development Charges. The loans are secured by a lien on the benefited property.
  • Cost-sharing with the Water Bureau for new water main installs and new fire hydrant installations. Eligible projects must not exceed $125,000.