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What Services Do I Pay for and Get When Paying my Utility Bill?
Utility Bill payments pay for your consumption and use of the water system, sewer, stormwater (carrying water away from streets, parking lots and yards in way that does not pollute our water), and use of streets. The money collected is also used to pay for operations, maintenance and capital improvement costs for the City's utility systems.
Through the bills customers pay, the City is able to provide clean, safe drinking water, safe streets for travel, and remove used water (wastewater) from your home. In order to do this in a legally sound, cost effective and efficient way which practices good stewardship of our financial and natural resources and environment, the City engages in different engineering, public works, financial management, and education programs.
Thank you for being a member of the Lake Oswego community and a ratepayer as well as for your value in quality and efficient services. Below are the direct services that are provided through City Utilities, all of which are in and make up the Public Works Department. Administrative services, that serve both property tax and utility funded programs (such as Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology ... are not included in the links below).
The City’s Healthy Watershed’s Program is the lead program in the City’s efforts to protect water quality. The Healthy Watersheds program also provides technical expertise and guidance to all City departments to ensure implementation and compliance with the NPDES Permit, TMDL Water Quality Management Plans, and other stormwater related issues.
The Lake Oswego Interceptor Sewer Project is complete, right on time and under budget.
The cities of Tigard and Lake Oswego joined together in 2008 to share the costs of upgrading Lake Oswego’s water infrastructure and to provide high-quality drinking water year-round to both communities.
The Lake Oswego Street System includes more than 178 miles of streets, 32 traffic signals and 23.7 miles of pedestrian pathways. The streets are classified as major and minor arterials, major collectors, neighborhood collectors and local residential streets.
The City's new stormwater code and the Lake Oswego Stormwater Management Manual are now in effect. Manual files are available using the links below.
Stormwater Management Utility plans, designs, constructs, maintains, administers all City Stormwater conveyances and facilities, and the regulations for its control, as well as establishes standards for design and construction.
Sewer Maintenance operates and maintains 206 miles of collection system with 13 major pump stations and 14 single-family pump stations.
The City of Lake Oswego operates and maintains a Water Treatment Plant in West Linn, as well as a distribution system, a water conservation program, and a cross connection control program.
Water Conservation saves money, preserves wildlife habitat and makes sure there is enough water for all uses. Read on to find out how you can save indoors, outdoors, and all around your home or business.