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. This rate proposal will fund repair and replacement of aging infrastructure such as water mains, sewer pipes, and pump stations. In reviewing a rate proposal, the Council considers what system improvements are needed and what level of rates will cover their cost.

Public hearing

City Council will hold a public hearing at 6:00 p.m. on October 12, 2020, before making a decision. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the public hearing will be virtual with remote attendance. Interested persons may watch the live meeting on City of Salem You Tube or on CC:Media (formerly CCTV) Comcast Channel 21.

Customers may submit written testimony to [email protected] or City Recorder's Office, 555 Liberty St SE, Room 205, Salem, Oregon 97301.

Comments must be received before 5 p.m. October 12, 2020, to be part of the record. To provide virtual live testimony via Zoom, customers may sign up at between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Monday, October 12.


[email protected]


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

Estimated rates for 2021 and 2022

The proposed rate increases are 3.0% for water, 3.0% for wastewater, and 5.0% for stormwater in January 2021 and January 2022. Individual customer charges vary due to differences in the amount of water used, the amount of impervious area on the property, and whether a backflow assembly is present. For an average single-family residence, the total combined increase each year is estimated to be between $2.15 and $3.15 per month.

To estimate a bill for a specific account, use the bill estimator, use the
industrial utility bill estimator, or email [email protected],
or call 503-588-6211 to request an account analysis. Additional information is available at

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