The City is reaching out to the community about the future of our water system!
There are few things as essential as water and it is vitally important that community members are informed and have an opportunity to share their ideas.
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Things to know about Oregon City's reliable water future:
1. There are 154 miles of water pipe with many over 40 years old and some over 100 years old. Many of Oregon City's old-aged water pipes are at the end of their useful life and need replacement.
2. Old-aged water pipes break and cause water service outages and ongoing water loss, restrict the flow of water needed to fight fires, and are corroded with rust causing discolored water.
3. A 1996 City Charter amendment enacted by Oregon City voters requires the City (in 2014) to rollback water rates to near-1994 levels. The Charter also restricts water rate increases to no more than 3% per year - even if there is a water emergency.
4. The 20-year old water rates will not support today's operations and maintenance of Oregon City's water system and will not provide funds to replace the old-aged water pipes.
5. Resolution 13-03 proposes a measure for a new City Charter amendment that would remove the 1996 water rate rollback provision. This proposed Charter amendment would allow Oregon City to continue to cover current operating costs and maintenance requirements for the water system.
6. Resolution 13-02 proposes a measure for a new City Charter amendment that would retain a cap on annual water rate increases. The proposed Charter amendment would be intended to be combined with the companion measure from Resolution 13-03 to allow Oregon City to continue to cover current operating costs and maintenance requirements for the water system and permit the City to address the aging pipe infrastructure.
City Commission Public Hearing held on February 20 adopted Resolution No. 13-03, a resolution submitting a measure amending section 58 of the Oregon City Charter to eliminate the water rate setback to the electors of Oregon City.
The second resolution considered on February 20 was tabled for future consideration. This was Resolution No. 13-02, a resolution submitting a measure amending section 58 of the Oregon City Charter to revise the limitation on increasing water rates to the electors of Oregon City.
2012 Key City Commission Goals related to the future of Oregon City's Water Service
1. Build a sustainable future
2. Address critical facility needs
3. Enhance the livability of the community
4. Seek Opportunities to maintain communications with citizens and facilitate citizen participation
5. Maintain fiscal health and long-term stability
Past City Commission Meetings
Water Rate Advisory Work Group (WRAWG)
An 9-member citizen based advisory group met and provided their recommendations to community leaders for ongoing operations and maintenance, and pipe replacements of Oregon City's water system.
WRAWG Meeting No. 1 - August 16, 2012 View the Meeting
WRAWG Meeting No. 2 - August 28, 2012 View the Meeting
WRAWG Meeting No. 3 - October 30, 2012 View the Meeting