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Septic to Sewer Study Area A1

The goal of the SE Septic to Sewer Project is to design a sewer system and develop a financing strategy that will provide sewer service to approximately 599 homes that currently rely on septic systems for wastewater disposal.

The project study area is the neighborhood bounded by Reed Market Road to the north, 15th Street to the east, Ferguson Road to the south, and generally west of the COID irrigation canal (see Area Map above). The City may use the strategies and policies developed from this project to assist in transitioning other areas of the City from septic systems to sewer.

The City has contracted with a team of engineering, financial and public involvement experts led by the engineering / project management firm, DOWL, to develop a design for the sewer as well as the financial strategy and to lead the public involvement process.

The project focuses on two goals:

  1. Design a sewer system to serve the area
  2. Develop a financing strategy to help homeowners transition from septic to sewer.

A 12-member Citizen Advisory Committee, which is meeting monthly over the course of the project, will help develop project policy and financial strategies. This group adopted recommendations to City Council on July 12, 2018.  Council will be considering these recommendations during fall/winter 2018.


September 5, 2018, City Council Work Session Presentation  

Draft Upcoming Council Work Session Schedule: find updated agendas at

  • September 19: Summary and implementation ideas from other cities; Legality of AC recommended STEP fee.
  • October 3:  Rate model and cost sharing scenarios; example criteria of safety net programs.
  • October 19: Mechanics of Local Improvement Districts (LIDs), Connection fees and considerations.
  • November 7:  Bundling public and private work, SEI stub outs.

Septic to Sewer Listening Session Part 2: Wednesday, August 29, 6:30-8:30 pm, Bend Senior Center- Information:

The Bend City Council is weighing options for transitioning one of Bend’s unsewered neighborhoods from septic systems to sewer service. The SE Bend Septic to Sewer Advisory Committee recently gave the Council its recommendations for financing and implementing public sewer.

Property owners in unsewered areas and citywide sewer utility ratepayers may all be affected.

The Bend City Council has scheduled a second Septic to Sewer “listening session” from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 29, at the Bend Senior Center, 1600 SE Reed Market Road. This is an opportunity for those who have not already testified at the first listening session to share their thoughts with the Council regarding options to resolve the issue. Comments can also be submitted to Councilors in writing at

The August 29 listening session will not be a Council deliberation or question-and-answer session with those providing public input. The City Council will schedule future work sessions where potential solutions to the many challenges facing this project will be discussed.  Final decisions on how to address this issue will be decided upon only after public hearings, likely to be held later this fall.

Learn more at and follow City Council agendas at

City Council Special Listening Session:  Wednesday, August 15, 4:30-6:30 pm, Bend City Council Chambers- Information:

This listening session will allow members of the community to share their thoughts with the Council, but will not be a Council deliberation or back-and-forth question-and-answer conversation.

If turnout exceeds the two–hour time allotted for public input, and if Council would like to extend the listening session to an additional meeting, we have secured the Bend Senior Center for the evening August 29. Comments can also be submitted to Councilors in writing at

Parking at City Hall may be limited due to anticipated attendance. Although we will work to free up additional parking around City Hall, we strongly encourage neighbors to carpool and to use the parking garage a couple of blocks away at Oregon and Minnesota avenues. For this occasion, we have decided to make parking in the parking garage free from 2 p.m. on.  Here's a map of downtown parking.

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All Citizen Advisory Committee meetings are open to the public, with an opportunity for public comment.

 7/12/18  Recommendations:  Agenda; Draft AC Framework Report; AC Report Attachments; Presentation; Adopted Recommendations; Attachments to Recommendations  4:00-6:00 p.m.  City Council Chambers
6/14/18  Focus on Program Components; June 14 Agenda; Presentation; Meeting Minutes/ Summary 3:00-6:00 p.m.  City Council Chambers
 5/10/18  Program Components & Affordability  Revised Agenda ; AgendaPublic Comment;  Presentation; LID Presentation ; Meeting Minutes/Summary  4:00-6:00 p.m.  City Council Chambers
 4/12/18  Part 2:  Project Costs & Financing Agenda; Revised Agenda; Presentation; Meeting Minutes/ Summary  4:00-6:00 p.m.  City Council Chambers

Part 1: Preliminary Engineering & Financing

AgendaPresentation,  Handouts: Solutions in Peer Communities, Sewer System Financing and Funding; Meeting Minutes/ Summary

4:00-7:30 p.m. Riverbend Community Room, Bend Park & Recreation District Admin Offices, 799 SW Columbia Street
12/07/2017 Agenda, Presentation- Ingredients of Affordability Con't.; Meeting Minutes/ Summary 4:00-6:00 p.m. City Council Chambers
11/02/2017 Agenda, Presentation- Ingredients of Affordability, Interim Policies, Meeting Minutes/ Summary 4:00-6:00 p.m. City Council Chambers
10/05/2017 Agenda, Presentation- Draft Technical Alternatives Analysis, Meeting Minutes/ Summary 4:00-6:00 p.m. City Council Chambers
9/07/2017 Agenda, Full Report- August 12 Focus Groups, Summary- August 12 Focus Groups, Solutions in Peer Communities - Handout, Presentation- Peer Communities & Public Outreach, Minutes/ Summary 4:00-6:00 p.m. City Council Chambers
8/10/2017 Agenda, Minutes, Public Meetings Memo, Presentation, Sewer System Financing and Funding 4:00-6:00 p.m. City Council Chambers
7/13/2017 Agenda, Minutes, Tour Handout 4:00-6:00 p.m. City Tour, multiple locations
6/20/2017 Agenda, Minutes, Audio, Presentation, draft Advisory Committee Meeting Schedule 4:00-6:00 p.m. City Council Chambers


Please call the Community Development Department for assistance: (541) 388-5580

Interim Policy Resolution No. 3093 & Waiver Form


Sewer Infrastructure Advisory Group (SIAG)

South East Interceptor (SEI)

Collection System Master Plan (CSMP) 2014

Collection System Master Plan (CSMP) 2007 Archives


Collection System Master Plan Map

Area A1 - Study area for this project is shown as area A-1, as described and shown above.


City of Bend Wastewater Website

Bend Wastewater- A Brief History

1998 Annexation Ordinance 2339 with Attachments

Legal Memo- 1998 Urban Service Provider Annexation

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)

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Onsite Wastewater Management Program

Bend Comprehensive Plan & Urban Growth Boundary Remand (2016)

Craft3 Clean Water Loans- possible financial assistance

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