Portland Water District OKs 3.8% budget hike

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PORTLAND — A $43.6 million budget is expected to add an average of 79 cents per month to the bills of Portland Water District customers.

PWD spokeswoman Michelle Clements announced the spending plan in a Dec. 11 press release. The budget is a 3.8 percent increase over current spending, but the specific consumer rate increase will not be approved until spring 2018.

The rate increase does not include fees for wastewater services, which are set and collected by member municipalities.

“Much of the increase is related to infrastructure maintenance and improvements, including water main replacement and wastewater treatment plant upgrades,” Clements said. 

PWD will also add staff for the first time in eight years, Clements said, “to provide expanded wastewater pretreatment services, meet development demands, and implement a new information technology system.”

PWD serves 50,000 customers in 10 greater Portland communities.