The Citywide Septic to Sewer Conversion Program provides an avenue for neighborhoods to apply for funding for the City to extend sewer into areas that are reliant on septic systems.
The Bend City Council adopted amendments to the Bend Code on December 19, 2018, to establish the Citywide Septic to Sewer Conversion Program (Link to Bend Code Ordinance). The program is the result of 18 months of work with the Septic to Sewer Advisory Committee and recommendations from the committee. The program is funded through utility rate revenues, and allows residents to apply for roughly $2.5M annually to extend sewer lines into neighborhoods through a Neighborhood Extension Project. The program becomes effective on February 1, 2019. Applications for 2019 were due on February 15, 2019 for construction anticipated during the 2019 construction season. Look for information on applications for 2020 projects during summer of 2019. If you already have a lateral stub out as part of another capital project, or you are along Desert Woods Drive, you do not need to submit an application for the Neighborhood Extension Program. Look for more information regarding Desert Woods Drive soon.
The Neighborhood Extension Program ranking Committee met on February 26, to discuss and select projects for construction funding in 2019. The Committee selected King Hezekiah Way (section from SEI to Desert Woods), King Solomon Court, and Greenmont Drive for construction, and Via Sandia/ Cabin Court for design in 2019. These construction projects will be coordinated with the Desert Woods Drive construction project.
If selected for funding, property owners are responsible for their own private property costs, septic decommissioning, and other associated permits, a Connection Fee, Systems Development Charges, and other permit charges. The City pays, through ratepayer revenues, extension of sewer and laterals ('stub outs') to property lines. Please see the FAQ section for details on Connection Fees, evaluation criteria, etc.
If you have general questions regarding septic systems and connection to sewer, please call the City's Community Development Department at 541.388.5580.
SEI Adjacent Property Owners Open House: February 5, 2019, Presentation here.
Central Oregon Association of Realtors Meeting: February 1, 2019, Presentation here.
City of Bend Community Development Department (Information on sewer locations and permit requirements)
Deschutes County Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems (Information on septic system maintenance and permit requirements including decommissioning your septic system)
Craft3 Clean Water Loans- possible financial assistance