16,000 already within city will move from Tualatin Valley Water District to city service effective July 1, although district may continue until city sets up accounts.

PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: PETER WONG - Beaverton City Council meeting on March 20, when the council voted preliminary approval of an ordinance to shift 16,000 people within city limits from the Tualatin Valley Water District to city water service, effective July 1. The council voted final approval of the ordinance on March 27.About 16,000 people within Beaverton's city limits will shift from the Tualatin Valley Water District into city water service.

The City Council completed action Tuesday, March 27, on the proposed transfer. It takes effect officially on July 1, but the district will continue to provide service to those 4,100 households — population total is estimated at 16,000 — until the city establishes accounts for those customers later this year.

No comments were made at the council's public hearing March 20.

"We can save an awful lot of money for people in Beaverton on their water bills," Councilor Marc San Soucie said after the 4-0 vote on March 27.

For affected customers — assuming a change in rates for the city and the district starting in November — city officials say they will see their monthly bills drop from $57.67 to $41.96, for an annual savings of $188.52.

For Beaverton, the 16,000 added people constitute the largest share of 25,200 who live within the city limits, but because of annexation patterns during the past 50 years, are served by three different water districts.

The 16,000 live within five areas — in central, northwest and west, and southeast Beaverton — that will be brought gradually into city water service.

The status of other areas within Beaverton now served by the Tualatin Valley district, the West Slope district (2,300 people) and Raleigh Hills district (400) will go unchanged. The remaining areas in TVWD are generally north of the Sunset Highway (5,000) and east of Southwest Scholls Ferry Road (900).

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