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News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Water and sewer code updates to benefit rate payers

New water and sewer codes adopted Sept. 20 will benefit Bellevue rate payers and also help developers save time and money.

The updated codes:

  • Clarify that charges for water used by adjacent water systems are based on the current rate structure and not the rate in place when the interconnection agreement is established. This change will ensure that Bellevue customers aren't subsidizing customers in neighboring jurisdictions.
  • Extend the life of side sewer permits from one year to two years and allow an additional extension of up to a year. This change will make water and sewer permits consistent with other construction permits, such as building, plumbing and electrical permits. Applicants will save the cost and time of reapplication, and staff permit processing time will be reduced.
  • Increase late-comer agreements from 15 to 20 years, as allowed by a 2009 change in state law. A developer will now be able to be reimbursed for system extensions paid for by benefitting properties for a longer time.
  • Strengthen enforcement procedures for violations to water and sewer codes. While Bellevue still relies on public education and voluntary corrective actions, there will be a significant deterrent for compliance issues that can threaten life/safety or cause ongoing impacts to public infrastructure. Serious violations can result in fines of $500 per day or more. Hydrant tampering, water theft and dangerous discharges to the sewer system are of most concern.

The code updates take effect Oct. 20. Please contact Utilities at 425-452-4625 with any questions.

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Utilities Department
450 110th Ave. NE
P.O. Box 90012
Bellevue, WA 98009
Phone: 425-452-7840
E-mail: utilities@bellevuewa.gov?cc=mmay@bellevuewa.gov

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