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Backflow Prevention

Backflow prevention assemblies help protect the public water system from possible contamination from non-potable water sources, such as lawn irrigation, boilers, fire sprinkler systems, wells, pools, hot tubs, commercial equipment, and medical equipment. The State of Oregon requires backflow prevention assemblies on any water service that has the potential to contaminate public drinking water. All backflow prevention assemblies are required to be tested annually by a certified tester. For more information, visit our website at https://www.mc-power.com/water/water-quality/backflow-prevention/

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Construction and Meter Installation

nce the site is ready, the construction phase commences, our team will install the infrastructure as per the approved plan. Here’s what you can expect during this phase:

  • Construction takes place: Our crews will execute the installation as outlined in the approved plan.
  • For electric, contact your local inspection authority: After MW&L completes the electric service installation, your electrician will make the final connection to the meter. You or your electrician must contact your local inspection authority to schedule an inspection of the electrical work your electrician has completed. This step is crucial to ensure that the installation meets all safety and building code requirements.
  • The inspection authority will notify MW&L if you passed inspection: Following the inspection, the local authority will assess the electrical installation. If the work meets the necessary standards, they will issue a passing inspection notification.
  • MW&L will set the meter: Once we receive the notification of the passing inspection from the local authority, we will promptly proceed with setting up the electric meter for your new construction. In most cases, this will be done as early as the next business day after receiving the notification.

At this stage, your new construction will be ready to receive electric service, and you can begin utilizing the power supply for your project.

Construction

Before construction can begin the following items must be completed:

  • All construction costs paid by cash or check.
  • Required easements completed, signed and returned to MW&L.
  • Required road permits must be completed and returned to MW&L.
  • Trench inspections completed.
  • Meter main or meter base must be inspected and approved by the county inspector.

When all of the above requirements have been met, MW&L and the owner/developer will schedule the construction of your service and will install the infrastructure per the approved plan. What's next:

  • For electric service, contact your local inspection authority: After MW&L completes the electric service installation, your electrician will make the final connection to the meter. You or your electrician must contact your local inspection authority to schedule an inspection of the electrical work your electrician has completed. This step is crucial to ensure that the installation meets all safety and building code requirements.
  • Following the inspection, the local authority will assess the electrical installation. If the work meets the necessary standards, they will issue a passing inspection.
  • At this stage, your new construction will be ready to receive electric service, and you can begin utilizing the power supply for your project.

 

Pay Construction Costs

Once the electric and water service plan for your new construction has been finalized, the next step involves paying the necessary construction costs. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Review cost estimate, sign and return easements, if applicable: After the electric and water service plan is created, you’ll receive an estimate that will provide construction costs that you are required to pay for the required construction work. If any easements are necessary for the installation of theinfrastructure, you will also be provided with the relevant documentation. Review the estimate and easement carefully, sign them, and promptly return them to us to proceed with the construction process.
  • Pay all construction fees: To initiate the construction work and, you’ll need to make the required construction fee payments. These fees cover the expenses associated with materials, labor, and equipment necessary for installing and connecting the electric and water infrastructure to your construction site.
Design Your Project

Designing your project and planning the electric and water service is a crucial step in ensuring a smooth and efficient construction process.

  • A design for your new services: Based on the information provided in your application, MW&L will create a customized plan for your electric and/or water service. This plan will outline the optimal infrastructure, including distribution points, load requirements, backflow requirements, and any additional considerations to meet your project’s demands. Owner/developer will be responsible for all conduit, trenching, backfill and vaults required for the project.

We strive to deliver a reliable, safe, and efficient solutions that align with your project’s vision.

Apply For Service

Applying for electric and water service for your new construction is simple:

  • Submit an application: Start by filling out the design application. This form will gather essential details about your project, including the location, load requirements, and water needs. Submit the design application and a site plan online or in person at our office.
  • Pay all applicable engineering fees: To initiate the new service process, you’ll be required to pay the Design Application fee(s). We accept cash, check, and money orders.

After you’ve completed these steps, our team will review your application and conduct a thorough assessment to determine the most suitable electric and/or water service solution for your construction project.

Plan Your Project

When planning your project, consider the following information:

  • Location: The location of your project plays a crucial role in determining the feasibility and accessibility of electric and water services. Ensure that you have accurate details about the site’s address, proximity to existing infrastructure, and any potential challenges related to the location.
  • Complexity: Assess the complexity of your construction project. Factors such as the size of the development, the type of building or business, and the scope of electrical and water requirements will impact the application process. Understanding the complexity will help streamline the process and avoid delays.
  • Site Readiness: Before applying for service, evaluate the readiness of your construction site. Ensure that it meets the necessary requirements for safety and compliance with local regulations. Being prepared and having the site ready for installation will expedite the process.

By considering these factors during the application process, you can ensure a smoother and more efficient experience in obtaining electric service for your new project.

Is our water hard or soft?

McMinnville’s water is soft. The hardness of water refers to water’s ability to produce suds with soap. The harder the water, the more soap is needed to produce lather. Surface water from the Pacific Northwest is some of the softest water in the country.

How are sewer charges assessed?

McMinnville Water & Light processes sewer charges for the City of McMinnville.  Residential sewer charges are based on water usage during the months of November through March.

What is the water pressure at my house?

What is the water pressure at my house?

McMinnville’s water system operates by gravity. The system water pressure is influenced by the hydraulic characteristics of the water system. Water pressure at the customer’s meter is normally 85-100 pounds per square inch (psi). Most water services have a pressure reducing valve (PRV) installed after the meter to reduce the pressure entering the private plumbing system. Most pressure problems are caused by missing or failing PRVs. PRVs are part of the private plumbing system and are maintained by property owners.

I have a well. Do I have PFAS in my well water?

People who are concerned the water from their private wells may be contaminated can conduct testing for PFAS. The cost of testing is about $300-$600. Homeowners can send a water sample to a PFAS drinking water accredited lab.

Before deciding to test water from a private well, please discuss proper sampling steps with the accredited lab you select to ensure results are accurate.

For more information on PFAS and testing laboratories, please visit the Oregon Health Authority.

MW&L PFAS Test Results

MW&L’s water source has been tested for PFAS in 2014 (UCMR3), 2021, and 2023. To date, PFAS have not been detected in our drinking water system. MW&L is currently waiting for results from our 2023 PFAS samples. Below is a brief summary of MW&L’s PFAS testing:

  • 2014 - MW&L performed quarterly testing for six PFAS under the EPA’s UCMR3. PFAS were not detected in MW&L’s water system from the Haskins/Nestucca watershed during this monitoring period.
  • 2021 - MW&L tested all its sources for PFAS to the lowest detection limits available. No PFAS were detected in water from the Haskins/Nestucca watershed in the Oregon Coast Range, which serves all MW&L customers. Additional testing was performed on MW&L’s potential future Willamette River water source with the same results.
  • 2023 - MW&L tested again in November 2023. Results are expected in January 2024.
  • 2025 - Quarterly UCMR5 sampling for PFAS and lithium will begin in February 2025.
Are PFAS in my water?

Water testing is the only way to know for sure if PFAS are present in drinking water.  MW&L has been testing for PFAS since 2014, and have not found PFAS in the source water for the public water system.

What are PFAS?

Per– and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, are a category of manufactured chemicals that have been used in industry and consumer products since the 1940s. There are thousands of PFAS chemicals, and they are found in many different consumer, commercial, and industrial products. PFAS have characteristics that make them useful in a variety of products, including nonstick cookware, waterproof clothing, firefighting foam, stain-resistant carpets, food packaging, and cleaning products.  PFAS are used in products for their strength and resistance to heat, water, and oil. These manufactured chemicals are called “forever chemicals” because they do not break down in the environment. They can cycle through the air, soil, and water and enter the food chain.

People can be exposed to PFAS in drinking water, food, indoor dust, some consumer products, and workplaces.

When PFAS are made, used, disposed of, or spilled near water sources, like rivers, aquifers or wells, the chemicals can get into drinking water. Because PFAS do not break down easily, they may remain in water supplies for many years and have been found in people, wildlife, and fish.

Sewer Rates

Sewer rates are administered and approved by the City of McMinnville.

For sewer-related questions, please call (503) 434-7313.

Other Water Charges

Fire Line Charge ($ monthly per inch- inside city limits):      $8.84

Fire Line Charge ($ monthly per inch- outside city limits):  $17.68

Temporary Hydrant Meter:

$125.00 application fee + 3” monthly meter charge + actual water consumption charges

Bulk Water

Customer Charge:                                          $18.50

Consumption Charge 0-1,000 cubic feet:       $3.4659 per 100 cubic feet

Consumption Charge Over 1,000 cubic feet: $3.9420 per 100 cubic feet

Outside City Limits
  • Customer Charge (based on meter size):
    • 5/8” and ¾”:   $29.60
    • 1”:                    $42.56
    • 1.5”:                 $60.00
    • 2”:                    $98.00
    • Over 2”:           see rate schedule
  • Consumption Charge 0-1,000 cubic feet: $3.4659 per 100 cubic feet
  • Consumption Charge Over 1,000 cubic feet: $3.9420 per 100 cubic feet

For example, a customer with ¾” water meter using 1,500 cubic feet/month:

$29.60 (Customer Charge)
$34.66 (10*$3.4659 Water Consumption Charge)
$19.71 (5*$3.9420 Water Consumption Charge)

$83.97 Total Water Charges

Inside City Limits
  • Customer Charge (based on meter size):
    • 5/8” and ¾”:  $14.80
    • 1”:                 $21.28
    • 1.5”:              $30.00
    • 2”:                 $49.00
    • Over 2”:        see rate schedule
  • Consumption Charge 0-1,000 cubic feet:       $1.7329 per 100 cubic feet
  • Consumption Charge Over 1,000 cubic feet: $1.9710 per 100 cubic feet

For example, a customer with ¾” water meter using 1,500 cubic feet/month:

$14.80  (Customer Charge)
$17.33  (10*$1.7329 Water Consumption Charge)
$  9.86  (5*$1.9710 Water Consumption Charge)
$41.99  Total Water Charges

Rental Lighting

Monthly Charges per unit:

  • 100W HPS or 54W LED Luminaire:     $8.70
  • 100W HPS or 38W LED Lantern:         $9.45
  • 200W HPS or 96W LED Luminaire:   $13.66
  • 200W HPS or 83W LED Flood:           $11.18
  • 400W HPS or 154W LED Flood:         $15.72
  • Wood Pole:                                             $3.26
  • Non-Wood Pole:                                    $4.75
Irrigation
  • Customer Charge:                        $52.50
  • Energy Charge 0-5,000 kWh:       $  0.03601/kWh
  • Energy Charge Over 5,000 kWh: $   0.05001/kWh
  • Demand Charge
    • 0-30 kW:                             $   4.50/kW
    • Over 30 kW:                       $   5.80/kW
General Service
  • Customer Charge: $44.00 (Single Phase), $51.00 (Three Phase)
  • Energy Charge 0-5,000 kWh:        $0.04000/kWh
  • Energy Charge Over 5,000 kWh:  $0.05486/kWh
  • Demand Charge
    •  0-15 kW:           $1.50/kW
    • 16-1,000 kW:     $6.50/kW
    • Over 1,000 kW: $7.50/kW

For example, a (single phase) customer using 6,500 kWh and 25 kW/month:

$  44.00  (Customer Charge)
$200.00  (5,000*$.04 Energy Charge)
$  82.29  (1,500*$.05486 Energy Charge)
$  22.50  (15*$1.50 Demand Charge)
$  65.00  (10*$6.50 Demand Charge)
$413.79  Total Electric Charges

Residential
  • Customer Charge:                       $16.10
  • Energy Charge 0-1,000 kWh:       $ 0.06000/kWh
  • Energy Charge Over 1,000 kWh: $ 0.06659/kWh

For example, a customer using 1,230 kWh/month:

$16.10 (Customer Charge)
$60.00 (1,000*.06 Energy Charge)
$15.32 (230*.06659 Energy Charge)

$91.42 Total Electric Charges

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Does MW&L require testing for positions?

All offers made are conditional upon verification of the information provided on the application and successful completion of one or more of the following pre-employment tests and screenings, depending on the requirements of the position you have applied for:

  • Background check
  • Skill testing
  • Drug testing for safety-sensitive positions
  • Department of Transportation (DOT) drug and alcohol testing for CDL drivers
  • Possession of a valid Oregon State Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) or driver’s license
  • Physical Capacity Screening
  • Proof of journeyman status in the applicable craft
Is MW&L a drug-free workplace?

Yes, MW&L is a drug-free workplace.

For applicants curious about marijuana use: pursuant to federal law, MW&L considers marijuana to be an illegal drug for purposes of our drug policy. The use or possession of marijuana or being under the influence or impaired by marijuana on MW&L property or while performing work for MW&L is strictly prohibited. Those applying to a safety-sensitive position will need to pass a pre-employment drug test as a condition of employment.

Can I work remotely?

MW&L is a close-knit group. It’s one of those places where you walk down the hall to discuss a project with a co-worker, then go a few doors down to talk with another co-worker about the latest plan revisions. Because of this culture, most positions will not be hybrid positions. We currently have no employees working remotely.

What happens to my application after I send it?

After you complete the application, a screen will appear that says, “Thank you for applying”. This is confirmation that the online application process is complete. A separate confirmation email will not be sent.

Next, your application is reviewed to confirm that you meet the minimum qualifications and screening criteria for the position. Then, your application information is forwarded to the appropriate hiring manager. Typically, applicants are contacted within 10 days of the closing date for a position if selected to interview.

Is a resume and a cover letter required, along with the application?

Yes, all positions require a resume and cover letter be submitted with the completed application.

The Education and Experience sections of the application, as well as any supplemental questions, must be filled out completely. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of the required application
and supplemental questionnaire. Incomplete applications may be disqualified from the selection process.

Does MW&L make reasonable accommodations for applicants?

Yes. MW&L is committed to ensuring equal opportunity in employment for qualified persons with disabilities and disabled veterans. This includes reasonable accommodations for alternative application methods if you are unable or limited in your ability to use or access our online application system or our interview process, as a result of your disability. If you need an accommodation, please contact Human Resources at (503) 435-3118 or email us.

How Often Do Backflow Assemblies Need to be Tested?

Like any mechanical device, a backflow prevention assembly is subject to failure. The State of Oregon requires that all assemblies be tested once each year by a certified tester. Annual testing ensures that assemblies are operating as designed. They must also be tested at the time of installation, after repairs and after relocation.

What is a Cross Connection?

A cross connection is a connection between drinking water and other water or fluids of unknown quality. Examples include lawn irrigation, boilers, wells, fire sprinkler systems, and swimming pools or hot tubs that are hard piped for filling purposes. To prevent cross connection, backflow preventers are installed to stop the backflow of contaminated water into the drinkable water supply.

What is Backflow?

Water systems depend on water pressure to keep water flowing in the proper direction through the pipes. However, anything that causes a drop in water pressure, such as a water main break or heavy use during a fire, can create a reverse flow from the customer’s plumbing system back into the public water system. This is called backflow. Backflow can also occur when the customer’s water system has a higher pressure than the public water system.

There are currently no job openings with McMinnville Water and Light.

Map locating transmission line upgrade, Highway 18 from SE Booth Bend Road to Highway 99W.

Electric Project: Transmission Line Upgrade

Project map NW 18th and 19th Streets and NW Birch and Alder Streets

Electric Project: Underground Power Upgrade

NW 18th Street & NW Alder Street

Water Project: Loop Road Water Line Extension

Water Project: Woodmill Court (beginning March 2024)

Electric Project: NW Baker Creek Road Feeder Line Upgrade

Kathy Tate

Commission Chair

Term expires Dec. 31, 2026

Ed Gormley

Commissioner

Term expires Dec. 31, 2024

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