Congratulations Coburg! The Wastewater Project is in the final phase! The collection system (pipes and vaults) are in the ground. The Wastewater Treatment Facility is complete. The Wastewater Operator has been hired and the contractor for the 'hook-up' phase has competed most of the Highway Commerical area and is now working around the westside neighborhoods.
Tentative hook-up schedules are available at City Hall. These dates may change depending on a number of factors that contractor's face when installing these types of systems. It is important to contact the contractor as soon as a household receives a notice that work is about to begin, call Tim at 503-580-7701. This is the opportunity to coordinate with the contractor about details on your site. When concerns arise after construction has started, it is usually too late to make adjustments.
The current wastewater interim construction charge is $65 per month/EDU. The first billing cycle following the month that a property is successfully 'hooked-up' to the new wastewater system is the month that the wastewater user fee becomes $85 per month/EDU. As long as the project remains on time and on budget, this will become the final user rate for a number of years. See Fact Sheet - Cost Calculator below.
A Water Rates Study/Wastewater Open House was held May 23, 2013, 4:30-7:00p at Coburg City Hall View details (PDF)
Residential properties are being hooked up all summer. For those who have been hooked-up, expect your Interim Construction Charge ($65) to turn into the regular monthly User Fee ($85) the following utility bill.
Wastewater Systems Development Charges (SDCs) have ben approved by City Council. Wastewater SDCs have been added to the existing Water, Transportation, and Parks SDCs for new development (e.g. new houses).
Please remember to contact the contractor when your property receives a notice. This provides you an opportunity to coordinate specifcally what will be occuring on your site and to coordinate pets and access on the day(s) of construction. Delays caused by access issues simply costs the project more and, ultimately, costs the Coburg community more. Let's all be good neighbors and help to the extent possible so that construction can be completed quickly and with minimal disruption.
Coburg is one of the largest and last Oregon cities that does not have a municipal sewer system. With a daytime influx of 3,000 employees in various commercial and industrial facilities and over 200 RV visitor spaces in town, you will understand why replacing the the town's septic tanks with a wastewater collection and treatment system is Coburg's highest priority.
To accomplish this, the City has chosen to install a Septic Tank Effluent Pump (STEP) system to collect the the wastewater and send it to a treatment plant through pressurized lines. At the plant, a Membrane Bio-reactor (MBR) system will treat the wastewater before it is released back into the environment. This system will result in Class A effluent, the highest level water quality possible in the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality's (DEQ) rating system. Much of this effluent will be used for irrigation.
Coburg's system is modeled after an existing system in Yelm, Washington, a town of about 10,000 population. For more information, click on the links below.
If you have general questions contact City Administrator, Petra Schuetz, firstname.lastname@example.org, 541-682-7871.
Wastewater - Construction Update July 2013
Wastewater - Phase IV Policies
Wastewater - Maintaining Your Septic Tank
Wastewater - Cost Calculator
Wastewater - FAQs 2013
Wastewater - Project History
Wastewater - Trench Patching
Project Schedule and Construction Updates
Wastewater - Project Schedules
What Will 'Hook-Up' Look Like? (PDF)
What to Expect during 'Hook-Up' Phase (PDF)
Limited Income Assistance
The City of Coburg Ordinance A-224.11. provides rate reduction method to assist some limited income residential users for water and/or wastewater utility bills. Applications are due by June 30th.
View/Download Limited Income Assistance for Water-Wastewater Application
View/Download Income Verification Form
RFP Water and Reclaimed Wastewater Rate Study 2012
Septic Tank Visit Update May 2011
Sewer Funding Issues Ray Bartlett
Coburg Wastewater Reclamation Facility
Wastewater Update September 2010
Wastewater Funding November 2010
Wastewater Ordinance January 2010
Why do we need a wastewater system?
Reclaimed Water Distribution Map
Coburg's Wastewater Project History