The Portland Water Bureau has been front-and-center after the city auditor released a report, uncovering the spending of ratepayer dollars on projects difficult to connect to Water Bureau services. Some of these projects include improvements to a building housing the Portland Rose Festival and a Water House, designed to be a water conservation model.
This comes at a time when the bureau’s proposed budget for the next five years requests rate hikes of 85 percent. Two very pricey projects — the construction of a UV treatment facility to sterilize the water from microorganisms called cryptosporidium and the replacement of five open-air drinking water reservoirs at Mount Tabor and Washington Parks — would necessitate the increase, according to the proposed budget.
What do you think of the proposed rate hikes? What about the projects ratepayer dollars have paid for? Will either of these affect how you use water?
- Drummond Kahn: Portland’s director of audit services
- David Shaff: Administrator of the Portland Water Bureau
- Kent Craford: Director of Portland Water Users Coalition
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