Water Department


This activity accounts for all costs involved in the operation and maintenance of the City’s groundwater wells and water distribution system. The well system consists of two wells and a chlorination facility. The City’s main well is PW Well No. 2, and PW Well No. 1 serves as a secondary or backup well. The City is also a wholesale customer of the City of St. Helens, and purchases water as needed. The water from all three sources is pumped via two pump stations into Columbia City's water reservoir system, consisting of three storage reservoirs with a combined storage capacity of 1.4 million gallons, and then distributed into the system. The distribution system consists of approximately 16 miles of distribution lines and 863 service lines and water meters.


The Production and Distribution Department is funded by charges for service, licenses, permits and fees, intergovernmental revenues, loan proceeds, and miscellaneous revenue.


The Water Department is staffed by the Public Works Superintendent, Micah Rogers, and three Utility Workers. The Public Works Superintendent is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations and the development of the City water system, and for supervising the water system maintenance staff. The department can be reached by calling (503) 366-0454, or faxing to (503) 366-2870. The department's mailing address is PO Box 189, Columbia City, OR 97018. The City Shop is located at 1755 Second Place. You can also contact them using our online contact form.


The City has an active Water Source and Development Committee and they meet on an as-needed basis. Click here for Water Source and Development Committee Meeting Minutes.


Current Rates and General Regulations for Water and Sewer Services - Last revision to information was June 2018.  


Protect Your Drinking Water Source!


2017 Water Quality Report


Water Master Plan


Source Water Protection Plan, Tables, Figures, Appendices


Water Conservation Tips


Water Conservation Publications: provided by Oregon State University




  • Continued to promote water conservation through public education, the design of the water rate structure, a system wide leak detection survey, leak repair work, etc.
  • A focus was placed on leak detection and repair work in a effort to reduce the loss percentage to 10%.
  • Continued to implement Source Water Protection Strategies including:
  • Redirecting storm water from two drywells into an existing drainage swale;
  • Adding "Source Protection Area" signage to Highway 30;
  • Removing excess and out-of-date chemical storage from the City shop.
  • Progress was made on the City of Columbia City Water System Mapping/Asset Management Project.
  • The department kicked off a system-wide fire hydrant inspection and maintenance project.




  • To continue to complete a system-wide fire hydrant inspection and maintenance project. Target date: July 31, 2018.
  • To complete improvements to the K Street Pump Station to increase capacity and add remote access through SCADA in accordance with 2018-19 Policy Goal and Objective 3G set forth by Council.
  • To continue to implement the water source protection strategies in accordance with 2018-19 Policy Goal and Objective 3F set forth by Council and as identified in the Drinking Water Protection Plan. Target date: June 30, 2019.
  • To continue to implement the water conservation strategies identified in the Water Management and Conservation Plan. June 30, 2019.
  • To make necessary repairs to eliminate water leaks as identified in the system wide leak detection study to effectively maintain water loss levels of 10% or less in accordance with 2018-19 Policy Goal and Objective 3E set forth by Council. Target date: Ongoing.
  • To complete the restoration of the upper level water storage reservoir, add seismic upgrades to both of the steel water storage reservoirs (upper and lower), add level instruments and data storage, replace 3500 linear feet of cast iron waterline, and add/replace several fire hydrants in accordance with 2018-19 Policy Goal and Objective 3C set forth by Council. This project is further described in the Five Year Capital Improvement Program. Target date: April 30, 2019.
  • To secure an easement for an overflow drain for the Upper Reservoir. Target date: July 31, 2017.
  • To annually flush the water system and exercise all fire hydrants. Target date: November 2018.
  • To continue to implement a cross-connection program to require backflow devices for all new construction and a retrofitting program for existing water connections in an effort to fully protect the City's water distribution system. Target date: Ongoing.
  • To continue to meet all requirements and regulations governing public water systems through upgraded facilities and well-educated staff. Target date: Ongoing.
  • To continue to provide the community with quality water that meets all Oregon Drinking Water Program standards. Target date: Ongoing.
  • To emphasize special training and education of department employees. Target date: Ongoing.
  • To update the November 2004 Water System Development Charge Study in accordance with 2018-19 Policy Goal and Objective 3H set forth by Council. Target date: December 31, 2019.
  • To complete the Water System Mapping/Asset Management Project as outlined in the 5-Year Capital Improvement Program.

City of Columbia City • P.O. Box 189 • 1840 Second Street • Columbia City, OR  97018 • (503) 397-4010 • Contact Us