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January 2023 Board Meeting

The Board of Commissioners will hold their monthly Board meeting on Wednesday, January 18, 2023 at 7:00 pm. The meeting will be held virtually and if you wish to participate, please contact the District office at 503-292-4894 for meeting details.

December 2022 Board Meeting

The Board of Commissioners will hold their monthly Board meeting on Wednesday, December 21, 2022 at 7:00 pm. The meeting will be held virtually and if you wish to participate, please contact the District office at 503-292-4894 for meeting details.

How to Prepare Your Home Plumbing for Winter Weather

How to Protect Outside Plumbing

  • Caulk around pipes where they enter the home.
  • Close all foundation vents and fill vent openings with wood or Styrofoam™ blocks.
  • Wrap outside faucets or hose bibs with insulation if you don’t have a separate outside valve to turn them off. Use molded foam-insulating covers which are available at hardware stores. Newspaper or rags (covered with plastic wrap) are another option

How to Protect Inside Plumbing

  • Insulate pipes in unheated areas, such as attics, crawl spaces and basements.
  • When below-freezing weather is forecasted, open cupboard doors in the kitchen and bathrooms. This allows these pipes to get more heat from inside your home.
  • If you leave home for several days, put your furnace on a low setting. This may not prevent freezing pipes but it can help.
  • Let a slight drip of water run when temperatures dip below freezing.

How to Thaw Frozen Pipes

Thaw plumbing lines safely with a hair dryer or heat lamp. Once the pipe has thawed, make sure to leave a little water running so the pipe doesn’t freeze again.

Do not open the water meter box near the curb. It could increase the chance of freezing water at the meter.

What to Do if Pipes Break

Close your main water shut-off valve to your house. Most shut-off valves are located where the water line enters the house, either at the front of your house where you connect your hose, or basement near the hot water heater, or inside the garage.

Turn off the water heater. Locate the dedicated shut-off valve on the cold water inlet.

Repairing broken pipes on the customer’s side of the meter is the customer’s responsibility. Contact a plumber for repair work.

Identifying and Reporting Main Breaks

Anyone observing water running from streets or sidewalks is encouraged to report the leak to the Water District’s 24-hour Emergency Line at 503-721-2261.

In Portland, water mains tend to break during the colder weather. Cold water can cause pipes to become brittle. Adding cold air temperatures can cause the ground above a pipe to freeze and thaw, increasing stress on a pipe. The age of a pipe, soil conditions, pipe corrosion, and ground movement can also cause a main to weaken and break over time.

During a main break, nearby customers may notice a reduction in water pressure or have their water temporarily shut off while repairs are made. Customers may also experience discolored water from sediment that can get stirred up during a main break. Avoid using hot water or running the washing machine or dishwasher while you experience discolored water.

November 2022 Board Meeting

The Board of Commissioners will hold their monthly Board meeting on Wednesday, November 16, 2022 at 7:00 pm. The meeting will be held virtually and if you wish to participate, please contact the District office at 503-292-4894 for meeting details.

October 2022 Board Meeting

The Board of Commissioners will hold their monthly Board meeting on Wednesday, October 19, 2022 at 7:00 pm. The meeting will be held virtually and if you wish to participate, please contact the District office at 503-292-4894 for meeting details.

July 2022 Board Meeting

The Board of Commissioners will hold their monthly Board meeting on Wednesday, July 20, 2022 at 7:00 pm. The meeting will be held virtually and if you wish to participate, please contact the District office at 503-292-4894 for meeting details.

Rate Hearing / Budget Hearing / June Board Meeting, May 15, 2022

The Raleigh Water District will hold a Rate Hearing, Budget Hearing and its June Board meeting on Wednesday June 15, 2022 at 7:00 pm. The meeting will be held at the District office located at 5010 SW Scholls Ferry Rd., Portland, OR 97225.


These meetings will be held virtually in order to promote public health. Please contact the District at 503-292-4894 for more information and details on attending.

Budget Committee Meeting, SDC Methodology Public Hearing and Board Meeting May 18, 2022.

NOTICE OF BUDGET COMMITTEE MEETING A public meeting of the Budget Committee of the Raleigh Water District, Washington County, State of Oregon, to discuss the budget for fiscal year July 01, 2022 to June 30, 2023 will be held at 5010 SW Scholls Ferry Road, Portland, OR. This meeting will take place Wednesday, May 18th, 2022 at 7:00 P.M. The purpose of the meeting is to receive the budget message and to receive comment from the public on the budget. A copy of the budget document may be inspected or obtained at 5010 SW Scholls Ferry Road, between the hours of 8:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M. This is a public meeting where deliberation of the Budget Committee will take place. Any person may appear at the meeting and discuss the proposed programs with the Budget Committee.

A Public Meeting will be held to discuss adopting Water System Development Charge Methodology and Fees.


The Board of Commissioners will hold their monthly Board meeting on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at 7:30 pm.

These meetings will be held virtually in order to promote public health. Please contact the District at 503-292-4894 for more information and details on attending.