City of Newport Utilities
The City of Newport Public Works Department maintains the city's 1.1 square miles of streets, water, and sewer services for its citizens and visitors.
Note: Any usage over the allowed gallons is charged at the following rates:
There is a drop box in the main door of City Hall. This box is checked each day and payments are posted upon receipt. If a payment is put in the drop box the night of the 20th, it will be considered on time and no late charges will be assessed.
Shut Off Fees
Turn off fee for water turned off per owner's request - $10.00
The City provides several payment options:
Water/Sewer bills are mailed out the last business day of each month. The payment is due upon receipt and must be paid by the 20th of the month in which it is received to avoid late charges. The late fees are $5.00 for water and $5.00 for sewer.
Criteria for Waiving Water/Sewer Late Fees
The City Council has determined that the following reasons will be considered in determining whether or not the customer is able to show good cause for nonpayment of their utility bill:
The customer needs to provide a letter to the City Clerk (email@example.com) which shows good cause for nonpayment. Once this is completed, the City Clerk will respond in writing, notifying the customer if an adjustment of the late fees will be made.
If the City Clerk does NOT find good cause for the customer’s nonpayment, the customer will be informed in writing. If the customer does not pay the fee by the date specified on the late notice, the utility service to the customer's premise will be shut off.
Non-sufficient funds (NSF) Fee
Per Resolution #102109, the NSF fee on all returned checks or automatic payments is $35.00.
Per City Ordinance, a customer may be granted a reduction in their water bill due to a broken pipe or plumbing fitting once within a 24 month period. All repairs must be completed within 10 days of discovery of the broken pipe or other plumbing fitting. Once the repairs are completed, the customer must request a reduction of the bill in writing to the City Clerk and must provide receipts showing that the leak has been repaired. The City staff will verify that the leak has been repaired before any adjustment can be granted.
If a reduction is granted, the customer will be responsible for paying the basic bill plus 25% of the water overage charge and 25% of the sewer overage charge.
Backflow Prevention Device Policy
The City of Newport adopted Ordinance No. 847 in March 1994. Please review Newport Municipal Code Chapter 13.10 to find the regulations on this policy.
For residential customers, if there is a sprinkler system on your property, you are required to have a backflow prevention device installed. This device must be tested each year when the water is turned on. All costs are incurred by the customer. Contact City Hall for a list of licensed backflow testers.
The standards are set by Washington State Department of Health. Compliance is required by Washington State Laws and Regulations.
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