The water district with customers in the Beaverton and Tigard areas is considering a two-step hike.

An open house for customers of the Tualatin Valley Water District will be held this Saturday, Aug, 12, followed by a water rate hearing next Wednesday, Aug. 16.

The district is billing the open house, which runs from 9 to 11 a.m. at the district headquarters, as an opportunity for customers to "learn more about how TVWD sets your water rates and where your rates go."

At the board of commissioners' meeting Wednesday at 7 p.m., customers will have an opportunity to address the board. A second open house will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22.

The district is considering increasing its water rates in two steps: a roughly 13.5 percent total increase this year, which the district estimates would mean about a $5.51 monthly increase for the average household, and then another 13.5 percent increase in 2018.

The district's website states that the proposed increases are due to three factors: the cost of building new water supply infrastructure as part of a joint effort with Hillsboro to begin tapping the Willamette River by 2026; the cost of upgrading and seismically reinforcing existing infrastructure; and the increased cost of water purchased from the Portland Water Bureau, which is the district's wholesale supplier.

The board of commissioners is expected to vote on whether to approve the proposed rate increases next month. They would take effect starting in November, with the second step of the rate hikes going into effect a year later.

The Tualatin Valley Water District serves much of the Beaverton area, including unincorporated Aloha, as well as about one-third of Tigard.

Its headquarters is at 1850 S.W. 170th Ave., Beaverton.

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