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New City of Bend water and sewer utility rates took effect on July first.  Sharon Wojda with the city says the average user will see about a $2.09 increase in their water bill during the summer and a little over a dollar in the winter.  All sewer rates will go up $2.44.  Wojda says this affects about a third of Bend's population:  “The water rate increases will affect about 24,000 customers in the city and the sewer rate increases, about 27,000 customers."   Wojda says if the city gets the requested postponement from the EPA, the rates could be reduced.  "It would have potential to reduce water rates in the near term; but what those changes in rates would be, we're not sure of at this point."  Wojda says the increases are needed to fund the aging water and sewer infrastructures.  You should see the increases in your next bill.

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  • Click on the link for the latest conditions on the mountain passes.

 

  • Intersection of NW Broadway Street and NW Delaware for waterline replacement project, road closures with detours clearly marked for thru traffic, 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily with roads opened nightly. Motorists are encouraged to avoid this area and use Bond Street and Wall Street.

 

  • Nels Anderson Road between Nels Anderson Place and Brandis Court, single northbound shoulder closure will be in effect, two-way traffic to be maintained. Project completion expected December 2017.