Septic to Sewer Conversion Program

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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 are due on February 15, 2019 for construction anticipated during the 2019 construction season.

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.

Neighborhood Extension Program Application  


Expand/Contract Questions and Answers

  • 1. What is the Septic to Sewer Conversion Program?

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

  • 3. What are the benefits of converting to City sewer?

  • 4. When are Septic to Sewer Conversion Program applications due for 2019?

  • 5. What are the factors that will be applied to evaluate and choose the applications ?

  • 6. Will I have to connect if there is a sewer line and a lateral connecting my property to the sewer line? Or can I wait until I want to connect?

  • 7. What are the actual costs I can expect if I do get funded as part of a Neighborhood Extension Project, or if the City constructs a CIP project and I want to connect to it?

  • 8. I have a ‘stub out’ in front of my house from the Southeast Interceptor (SEI) construction. How much do I have to pay in order to connect to sewer?

  • 9. Is there a program to help seniors, disabled, or low income residents?