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The Septic to Sewer Conversion Program is the result of 18 months of work with the Septic to Sewer Advisory Committee and recommendations from the committee. Please see Bend Code Chapter 15.10 for the amendment to the Bend Code, establishing this program.

This program allows residents to apply to the City of Bend annually to complete a sewer project in an area where properties are currently served by private onsite septic systems. The program is funded through utility rate revenues and allows residents to apply for $2.5M annually. Projects that are selected by the  committee are referred to as Neighborhood Extension Projects (NEP).


APPLICATION PROCESS

The applications are based on the following criteria:

  1. Cost of the sewer extension project, including design;
  2. Total number of homes or properties to be connected to the public sewer system from the project;
  3. Whether other City construction projects are planned for the street identified in the application;
  4. The percentage of property owners who would be served by the neighborhood sewer extension project who have joined or signed onto the application;
  5. The age of existing septic systems that would be replaced by the proposed neighborhood sewer extension project and evidence of failing septic systems; and
  6. Other factors established by the City Manager.

The application process for the second phase of NEPs will close February 1, 2020. The application is found at the link below:

Neighborhood Extension Project (NEP) Application

Provided below is a reference guide on the program and the application process:

Septic to Sewer Reference Guide


FEES TO CONNECT

Fees to connect to City sewer through the Septic to Sewer Conversation Program include a Connection Fee, Sewer System Development Charge (SDC), associated permit costs, and private property construction costs. The City pays for the extension of sewer mains and laterals (stub-outs).

When a sewer main is installed and becomes active, property owners who received a stub-out from the project will receive a Notice of Operational Completion (NOC) in the mail. The NOC will explain that the property owner can connect to the sewer main and any list other specific conditions regarding Connection Fees.

Property owners who connect to sewer as part of a NEP will receive a 50% discount on the Connection Fee if the connection is made within 2 years of receiving the NOC.

Costs
Southeast Interceptor (SEI) Desert Woods and Neighborhood Extension Project All other Septic to Sewer or City Sewer projects
Fees if connected on or before Mar 15, 2021 Fees if connected between Mar 16, 2021 - Mar 15, 2022 Fees if Connected on or after Mar 16, 2022 Fees if Connected Within 3 Years of NOC Fees if Connected Beyond 3 Years of NOC Fees if Connected Within 2 Years of NOC Fees if Connected Beyond 2 Years of NOC
Connection Fee $0 $4,250 $8,500 $4,250 $8,500 $4,250 $8,500
System Development Charge (SDC) $4,891 $4,891 $4,891 $4,891 $4,891 $4,891 $4,891
Private costs (including permits) Vary by lot Vary by lot Vary by lot Vary by lot Vary by lot Vary by lot Vary by lot
Total $4,891 + private costs $9,141 + private costs $13,391 + private costs $9,141 + private costs $13,391 + private costs $9,141 + private costs $13,391 + private costs

Cost estimates are valid through June 30, 2020 and are subject to a 4% long range planning surcharge.


STEPS TO CONNECT

This document outlines the steps a property owner should take to connect to public sewer after receiving a
City-issued Notice of Operational Completion (NOC) - Steps to Connect to Public Sewer.


FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Septic to Sewer COVID-19 Relief Program

Property owners receiving sewer service from the Southeast Interceptor (SEI) or Desert Woods and Neighborhood Extension Project may receive financial assistance from the temporary Septic to Sewer COVID-19 Relief Program. 

Septic to Sewer COVID-19 Relief Program

Connection Fee Waiver

Property owner(s) with a household income at or below 80 percent of the area median income will not be required to pay a Connection Fee. Applicants should apply within 1 year of connecting to public sewer.

Connection Fee Waiver Application

Private Costs 

Options for qualifying homeowners to assist with private costs of connecting to sewer are available below:


SEPTIC TO SEWER CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS

The first phase of the Neighborhood Extension Projects (NEP) was selected in 2019 and is currently under construction. See details of the construction project - Desert Woods & NEP.

The second phase of NEP Projects was selected on February 20, 2020 and is anticipated to begin construction in 2021.  The projects selected are located on Via Sandia/Cabin Court; East Lake Drive and a small portion of Twin Lakes Loops; and a portion of Orion Drive.  See details of the project - Via Sandia, East Lake, and Orion Sewer Project.

Future phases of Neighborhood Extension Projects will be added to this map as they are selected for funding. 


MEETINGS AND UPDATES

Upcoming Meetings:

  • None at this time

Past Meetings:

  • May 20, 2020 - Council Meeting for Septic to Sewer COVID-19 Relief Program 
  • February 20, 2020 - Committee Meeting for 2020 Septic to Sewer Application Selection
  • Council 1st and 2nd Hearings; Title 15 Code Updates - December 18, 2019 and January 8, 2020
  • Desert Woods and Neighborhood Extension Project Contractor Award - Nov 6, 2019
  • Old Farm District Neighborhood Association - Oct 17, 2019, Presentation here.
  • Council Work Session Title 15 Code Updates - October 16, 2019, Presentation here.
  • Open House - June 13, 2019 held at R.E. Jewell Elementary  
  • Coldwell Banker - May 29, 2019, Presentation here.
  • FATCO Presentation: April 19, 2019, Presentation here.
  • SEI Adjacent Property Owners Open House: February 5, 2019,  Presentation here.
  • Central Oregon Association of Realtors Meeting: February 1, 2019, Presentation here.

OTHER RESOURCES


FAQs

  • Septic to Sewer

    • 1 What are the benefits of converting to City sewer?

    • 2 When will I be required to connect to City sewer?

    • 3 How are Neighborhood Extension Projects chosen?

    • 4 How much money is available for the Septic to Sewer Conversion Projects, and what can the money be used for?

    • 5 What is the process to decommission a septic system and how much does it cost?

    • 6 After a sewer project is completed, when will I be able to connect to sewer?

    • 7 If I signed the Neighborhood Extension Project application and sell my house, does the new buyer have to connect within 2 years?

    • 8 Will I be guaranteed a gravity sewer connection?

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