Proposed Wastewater, Water, and Stormwater Rate Increases

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Salem City Council sets wastewater, water, and stormwater service rates every two years. The Council is committed to providing adequate funding for these systems to meet the growing and changing needs of our community, and to comply with state and federal regulations. In reviewing a rate proposal, the Council considers what system improvements are needed to meet these goals and what level of rates will cover their cost. This rate proposal will fund repair and replacement of aging infrastructure such as water mains, sewer pipes, and pump stations.

Public hearing

City Council will hold a public hearing on October 8, 2018, before making a decision. Staff reports and supporting documents can be accessed through the meeting agenda item 4.d 18-58. A bill estimator is available on this website to determine the anticipated future cost for a specific customer account based on current consumption patterns.

The public hearing will be held in Council Chambers at 555 Liberty St SE, Salem Oregon at 6 p.m. on October 8, 2018.

An opportunity will be provided for customers to testify at the hearing. Written comments may also be submitted to the City Recorder by mail or email. All written comments must be received by the City Recorder before 5 p.m. October 3, 2018, to be considered part of the public hearing record.


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City Recorder’s Office
555 Liberty St SE, Room 205
Salem Oregon 97301

Estimated rates

Estimated rates for 2019 and 2020 for residential customers will vary depending on customer characteristics such as amount of water used seasonally, amount of impervious area on the property, and whether a backflow assembly is present. For an average single-family residence the total proposed increase each year for wastewater, water, and stormwater combined is estimated to be between $2.20 and $2.70 per month.

Changes in commercial, public, industrial, and institutional customer utility bills will vary depending on customer characteristics such as water consumption, wastewater volume and strength, and amount of impervious area. Nonresidential customer bills vary greatly depending on customer classification and usage.

To estimate a bill for a specific account, use the bill estimator, use the industrial utility bill estimator, or contact the Utility Rate Analyst to request an account analysis.

Additional information

Contact us

Utility Rate AnalystPublic Works Department
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
555 Liberty ST SE RM 325
Salem OR 97301