News and Updates
Holding Rates Steady to Help Ratepayers – To help lessen the financial stress many families and businesses are feeling from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Metropolitan Wastewater Management Commission made the decision to not implement a rate increase in the new fiscal year, July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021. Read full news release.
Regional Wastewater Rates
Wastewater fees are billed to all users connected to the Eugene-Springfield regional wastewater treatment plant. Customers pay a combined fee that includes a basic charge and a flow-based fee each month, calculated on the amount of water used and the customer category.
Wastewater fees support the regional wastewater program’s purpose of protecting our community’s health, safety, and the local environment including the Willamette River – an important recreational asset.
The Commission sets regional rates in order to maintain adequate revenues to meet existing bond conditions, maintain the community’s regional wastewater treatment system, and maintain a favorable credit rating. Moderate rate changes are made annually to avoid rate spikes and to position the MWMC for potential future bond issuance in support of wastewater capital improvements. To continually ensure economical use of funds, the MWMC has an annual audit of its financial records. Read the latest version here.
The cities of Eugene and Springfield provide local wastewater collection services and have a local flow-based fee as well. The regional and local fees are combined into one charge and can be read on your Eugene Water and Electric Board or Springfield Utility Board bill.
City of Eugene rate brochure– effective July 1, 2020
City of Springfield rate brochure– effective July 1, 2020
Regional Wastewater System Development Charges (SDCs)
Both the cities of Eugene and Springfield collect charges for the regional wastewater system development charges (Regional SDC Methodology) on the basis of recommendations of the Commission. At the May 2018 Commission meeting, Resolution 18-09 was approved to add a line item for small homes which decreases the regional wastewater SDCs for newly constructed dwelling units that are 800 square feet or less. The rest of the methodology remains unchanged. This addition became effective on October 15, 2018 with approval by the Springfield City Council.