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Mission Statement: To operate and maintain existing public infrastructure; plan and construct capital improvements; and protect public health and safety, water quality, and natural resources to assure the community is provided with safe, sustainable, and financially sound systems for potable water distribution, wastewater collection, surfacewater management, and multi-modal transportation.

Read what the Public Works Director has to say about Oregon City and check out our awards and achievements page!

 

Providing Sustainable Public Infrastructure; Protecting Public Health and Safety, Water Quality, and Natural Resources; Promoting Community Values.

 

Organization:

Oregon City Public Works is comprised of the Engineering Group and the Operations Group.

Engineering Group – Offices at City Hall, 625 Center Street – Responsible for the planning, design, construction, and database mapping for Oregon City public infrastructure including capital improvement projects, development projects, and asset management.

Operations Group – Offices at the Operations Center, 122 S. Center Street – Responsible for operating and maintaining the Oregon City public infrastructure systems, including the Water Division, Wastewater (Sewer) Division, Stormwater Division, and Street Division.  The Fleet Division maintains the City’s fleet.

 

Services:

Oregon City Public Works operates public utilities for water distribution, sewer collection, stormwater management, and street maintenance.  Public infrastructure in these categories is maintained, planned, and constructed by Public Works.

Water -

  • Distributes Oregon City’s potable water supply
  • Maintains, plans, and improves the water distribution system, including four reservoirs, for reliable domestic water supply and fire fighting capability
  • Protects public health by closely monitoring the system and complying with all safe drinking water standards

In addition to maintaining the current distribution system, the Water Division provides for capital improvements that replace substandard or deficient public pipes and equipment and add system capacity or increase level of service to accommodate a growing population.  The Water Master Plan and its Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) identifies and prioritizes needs and construction projects that are funded by water utility fees and System Development Charges (SDCs) (collected when building permits are issued).

Single Family Water Rate

Wastewater (Sewer) -

  • Protects public health by complying with sewage collection system environmental standards
  • Maintains, plans, and improves the wastewater collection system, including 22 pump stations, 100 miles of pipelines, and over 2,000 manholes
  • Implements best management practices while performing operations and constructing improvements to protect the surrounding environment

In addition to maintaining the current collection system, the Sewer Division provides for capital improvements that replace deficient pipes and equipment and add system capacity or increase level of service to accommodate a growing population.  The Wastewater Master Plan and its CIP identifies and prioritizes needs and construction projects that are funded by sewer utility fees and System Development Charges (SDCs) (collected when building permits are issued).  Projects are implemented that protect natural resources and complement the surrounding environment.

Oregon City’s collection system transports our wastewater to the Tri-City Service District water pollution control facility (treatment plant) that is operated by Clackamas County Water Environmental Services (WES).

Single Family Sewer Rate

Stormwater -

  • Maintains the City’s stormwater system for proper conveyance, flood control, and pollution control
  • Maintains, plans, and improves public detention and water quality facilities and streams
  • Complies with the management program set forth in the City’s NPDES MS-4 permit
  • Meets new environmental requirements set by state and federal agencies
  • Implements best management practices while performing operations to protect the surrounding environment

In addition to maintaining the current conveyance system, the Storm Division provides for capital improvements to mitigate conveyance limitations and flooding, increase water resource protection, and add system capacity to accommodate a growing population. The Stormwater Drainage Master Plans and their CIPs identify and prioritize needs and construction projects that are funded by stormutility fees and System Development Charges (SDCs) (collected when building permits are issued).  Projects are implemented that protect natural resources and complement the surrounding environment.

Single Family Storm Rate

Streets/Transportation -

  • Maintains, plans, and improves the transportation system, including roads, sidewalks, bike paths, roadside landscaping, public stairways, and the Municipal Elevator
  • Improves public safety through proper street signs, striping, and traffic control devices (stop signs and signals)
  • Sweeps City streets
  • Implements pavement maintenance program

Street maintenance is funded by state gas taxes and the pavement utility fee.  In addition to maintaining the current transportation system, the Street Division provides transportation system improvements outside of those obligated by new development that add system capacity or level of service to accommodate a growing population.  The Transportation System Plan and its CIP identifies and prioritizes needs and construction projects that are funded by grants and System Development Charges (SDCs) (collected when building permits are issued).

Single Family Street Rate