Council Raises Water and Sewer Rates

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The Hermiston City Council Monday approved a plan to incrementally raise water and sewer rates by 16% by July 1, 2015.  The increases will come in the form of 4% raises each six months beginning January 1, 2014.  The increases, recommended by D. Hittle & Associates, Inc., are part of a plan to pay for construction and operation of the City’s new $27.2 million Recycled Water Treatment Plant. 

Proposed Average Residential User’s Combined Water & Sewer Bill


Monthly Bill

Hermiston (Oct. ’12)


Baker City (Oct. ’12)*


Hermiston (July, ’14)


Hermiston (July, ’15)


La Grande (Oct. ’12)


Ontario (Oct. ’12)


Pendleton (Oct. ’12)


The Dalles (Oct. ’12)


*Baker City implemented a 1.5% increase to water usage rates and a 3.75% increase to sewer rates July 1, 2013, and plans additional increases July 1, 2014.  Other cities may have also implemented, or have planned, rate increases.

See new rate schedule HERE and HERE

The impact of the increases will still keep the bill for the average residential customer among the lowest of comparable Eastern Oregon cities.  An analysis of water and sewer rates completed in October, 2012 showed that the average Hermiston water and sewer user paid less for the same service than they would in La Grande, Baker City, Ontario, Pendleton, and The Dalles.  A comparison of Hermiston’s future rates against the other cities’ rates from last year shows that Hermiston rate payers will still see considerable savings.


“These increases will pay for the necessary upgrades to our systems to ensure that we continue to deliver top-quality water and sewer service to our residents well into the future,” Mayor David Drotzmann said.  “It’s reassuring to see that even with the scheduled increases, Hermiston’s rates remain very competitive compared to other cities.”


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