WATER RATES ARE THE FASTEST GROWING UTILITY COST IN THE PORTLAND METRO AREA!  Did you know that the average price for water in the Portland Metro area has increased from 61% to 327% over the past 5 years? As you can see from the chart below, all rates have risen, some more than other, and the rates vary widely from city to city.  
The reason for the differing rates varies, but the point we want to make is to prepare for annual increases greater than the overall inflation as that has been the pattern for the past 7 years and will likely continue.  
Another point to make is that as water rates rise, weather based irrigation and water conservation projects make more and more financial sense. Whether you want to “save the world” by conserving water, you all will agree that high ROI conservation projects are a “no brainer”.