The Sewer Utility proposed a fee increase of 4.5% beginning in January 2023 on monthly sewer service rates. The increase is to help cover the inflationary costs for operation and maintenance and for repairs and replacement of the aging infrastructure of the sewer systems.
The Board of County Commissioners held a public hearing on Monday, November 14, 2022 at the Kitsap County Administration Building, Commissioner's Chambers, 619 Division Street, Port Orchard, Washington on the new sewer rate schedule.
The Sewer Utility is solely funded through fees from sewer ratepayers. The Utility does not receive any funds from County tax revenue and cannot provide any financial assistance to other public works divisions or county departments.
98% of the Sewer Utility's revenues comes from residential customers. Annual applications are made for grants and low interest loans to help extend funds and maintain reserves. The focus of the Sewer Utility is to protect public health and the environment while providing cost effective service for our customers.
County Code 13.14.080 mandates monthly sewer fees to cover the maintenance, operation, and replacement of sewer systems. Washington State law RCW 36.94.140 mandates sewer utilities to charge customers an amount that will cover any debt, operational expenses, and maintenance costs.
The Utility has determined the 4.5% increase, which is considerably below 7% to 9% increase in inflation for 2021 and 2022, is sufficient for 2023 to maintain funds and reserves. The 4.5% increase now will help to keep future rate increases lower to be less impactful on customers.
A senior/low income discount is given to customers that meet the Assessor's criteria for the Senior/Disable Exemption on property taxes. The current discount on sewer accounts is 25%.
Operating four sewage treatment facilities with state-certified operators, laboratory analysts, and technical staff to meet state and federal requirements. The sewage treatment plants have received numerous outstanding performance awards.
Maintenance, repair, and replacement of all mechanical and electrical equipment at the County's sewage treatment plants and 60 sewage pump stations. Properly maintained equipment reduces energy use and provides for a more efficient conveyance system.
Collections, repair, and replacement of 152 miles of gravity pipe, 48 miles of pressure pipe, and 5 miles of outfall (discharge) pipe, along with associated appurtenances such as 3,760 manholes throughout the county. Collections staff rotate to provide 24-hour emergency response.
Engineering review and construction inspection of developer-funded sewer system designs to ensure compliance with county and state standards and codes. Manage assets and permit property owners to connect into the County's sewer systems.
Administration of the Sewer Utility program, including billing, customer service, adherence to county and state regulations, and education and outreach to the public.
Bond obligations - annual payments for revenue bonds the Sewer Utility has issued to construct large capital projects. The term of the bonds is typically 20-years.
Capital projects to increase sewer system capacity for the County's growing population, upgrade outdated infrastructure, and improvements to manage future energy use and changes in regulation requirements.
Here is how Kitsap County's residential sewer rates compare with others in the region. Monthly sewer rates for a single-family residence in 2022 (based on 700 cu. ft. of water usage):
In compliance with RCW 36.70A.130(2)(a)(iv) and KCC 21.08.020, Kitsap County Department of Public Works, Sewer Utility assesses the County owned/operated municipal sanitary sewer systems and develops a Six-Year Capital Facilities Plan. See the 2022-2027 Sewer Utility Capital Facilities Plan.
Projects completed or under construction in 2022:
Bay Shore, Washington, and Byron Improvements: Upgrades to sewer and stormwater infrastructure, road resurfacing and sidewalk construction on Bay Shore Drive, Washington Avenue, and Byron Street. View the Bay Shore project page for details.
Silverdale Pump Stations Upgrades: Upgrades to PS 19 and replacement of PS 31 will be completed in 2022. This is part of a larger project to replace and upgrade outdated sewer infrastructure in Silverdale. See the project page for more details.
Bangor/Keyport Forcemain Replacement: Replace five miles of forcemain from USN Bangor base to the CKTP in Brownsville. A portion of this forcemain from State Hwy 308 to CKTP includes Poulsbo and USN Keyport base sewage flows. See the project page for more details.
Chico Creek Bridge forcemain replacement: Move forcemain in roadway to new bridge installed by WSDOT.
Solids Facilities Upgrades: Repairs to digesters at Central Kitsap Treatment Plant (CKTP) necessary for health and safety of employees and to maintain the biosolids permit while long term solids facilities are evaluated.
CKTP Diffuser Replacement: Install new diffusers in the aeration basins at CKTP for more effective operation and nutrient removal.
Suquamish Treatment Plant pipe replacement: Replacement of deteriorated process piping throughout the treatment plant.
Join Kitsap County Commissioner Rob Gelder on a tour of the Central Kitsap Wastewater Treatment Plant and get a look at how the facility and personnel are working to keep Puget Sound clean.
Commissioner's Corner May 2019 Central Kitsap Wastewater Treatment Plant from BKAT TV on Vimeo.
Kitsap County Sewer customers - request your free "Can the Grease" kit at
help@Kitsap1.com. Please include your name and address.
Take a tour of the Central Kitsap Treatment Plant in Brownsville and learn how wastewater treatment protects your health and the environment. This plant serves the Central Kitsap area, Silverdale, Keyport, Naval Submarine Base Bangor, Naval Undersea Warfare Engineering Station at Keyport, and the City of Poulsbo. An average of 4 million gallons of wastewater is treated here each day.
Kitsap County offers free tours to residents and school groups grades 4 and up. We also offer classroom presentations for all ages, education for community groups, and intern opportunities for individuals interested in a career in wastewater treatment.
Learn more about these and other educational opportunities offered by Kitsap County Public Works.