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Old 07-22-2013, 12:30 PM
 
Location: Just outside of Portland
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The way the Portland Water Bureau has been run for the last 10 years has been a subject of much anger and debate.
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Old 07-22-2013, 12:32 PM
 
Location: SE Portland
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I just called (in a panic) a couple of families I know that live in the area we're relocating to, and their bills are closer to the $100-$125 a month range. Still, higher than I expected, by a lot, but not $250/month.
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Old 07-22-2013, 12:33 PM
 
Location: SE Portland
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The way the Portland Water Bureau has been run for the last 10 years has been a subject of much anger and debate.
Um, yeah, I imagine so. I'm not even there yet and I'm angry and ready to debate. That seems so inexcusable I can't even laugh at the irony of somewhere so rainy charging such fees for water.
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Old 07-22-2013, 12:53 PM
 
Location: the Beaver State
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Um, yeah, I imagine so. I'm not even there yet and I'm angry and ready to debate. That seems so inexcusable I can't even laugh at the irony of somewhere so rainy charging such fees for water.
I won't pretend that the system doesn't have problems, but to be fair they have also been hit with some huge needs.

The Big Pipe project was pretty much a necessity, there are no circumstances that warrant dumping raw sewage into the River.

Covering the water reservoirs has cost millions already just in law suits to fight the Federal Law stating it has to be done. Even though Portland doesn't have those circumstances that made the law pass in the first place. It's going to be billions to do so.
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Old 07-22-2013, 01:11 PM
 
Location: SE Portland
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Sure, everywhere has infrastructure needs. It's still shocking.
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Old 07-22-2013, 01:19 PM
 
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Half of the bill isn't water, it's sewer. For someplace so rainy, the water has to go somewhere and there's a lot of water. The water and sewer system has been poorly run and continues to have issues. You can save quite a bit if you can get your downspouts disconnected.
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Old 07-22-2013, 01:30 PM
 
Location: SE Portland
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Very good point. I'm sure once I give it time to soak in I'll get over it. No choice. I think it's just shocking because I've never had to pay a water bill. Or trash. One of those differences between renting in SoCal and renting in PDX. It's good to know in advance, though.

The fellow I spoke to at the water company did mention the on-site stormwater discount. I have to check out the situation, but I believe we'll qualify on the number of trees on the property alone. $20 a month is $20 back in my pocket, I'll take it. We don't qualify for any other discounts (income, etc.).
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Old 07-22-2013, 01:42 PM
 
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Our bill is about $22 per month but we have low flow spouts on everything. And we have a laundry room rather than a personal washing machine.

And Sondeera--a FYI since you're coming from CA--you don't water your lawn here. It goes dormant and comes right back. When I first moved here we watered the lawn and our neighbors thought we were nuts. When we had a house our water bill was about $100 per month. You can also get free bulbs and low flow faucets from the energy trust if your house doesn't already have them. That will help.
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Old 07-22-2013, 02:24 PM
 
Location: Winter nightime low 60,summer daytime high 85, sunny 300 days/year, no hablamos ingles aquí
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I live in the Tualatin Hills water district, and my water and sewer bill (for a 2000 sqf house) is on average $60 / month.
(I don't bother watering the lawn)

Yet another bonus for living outside Portland
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Old 07-22-2013, 02:39 PM
 
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A little newsletter thing comes with the water bill. One year, the summer one had an article about not watering your lawn and had a you-cut thing to stick in your lawn that said "shhh, the lawn is sleeping". If you see a green lawn in August, chances are that person did not grow up in Oregon.
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