Apr 11, 2024 - News

💧 1 number to go: $56.22

Illustration of a watering can pouring dollar bills.

Illustration: Gabriella Turrisi/Axios

The average amount Portlanders pay every month for household water is $56.22, according to data Portland Water Bureau shared with Axios.

Why it matters: It's about to get more expensive.

  • Residents will see an additional 6% increase in water rates starting in July. City leaders approved new fees to address rising maintenance and operational costs last month.

The latest: The price of a new Bull Run water treatment plant has risen considerably since it was approved for $500 million back in 2017.

  • New estimates put the project now at just over $2 billion, which would make it the most expensive municipal project in city history.

Editor's note: This story and headline has been updated to state that Portlanders' average water bill is $56.22, per the Portland Water Bureau (not $121.68, a figure cited by Bluefield Research but since retracted).


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