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Welcome to Deschutes Valley Water District

in Madras, Oregon!

Opal Springs, Well # 1, Well # 2, and Well # 3 supply the domestic water for Deschutes Valley Water District (approximately 4000 services). The artesian spring is located 5 miles southwest of Culver at the bottom of the 850 foot deep Crooked River Canyon, less than 150 feet from the river. The artesian wells are located at the east side of the canyon about 300-600 feet south of Opal Springs. Currently, there is no filtration or treatment of Opal Springs or the wells of any kind (nor is any needed).




There is a convenience fee of $2.00 or 3% of the bill (whichever is greater)




881 SW Culver Highway

Madras, Oregon   97741

(541) 475-3849

(541) 475-6013  Fax



Deschutes Valley Water District members have enjoyed artificially low water rates, no taxation, and fully funded water projects since the 1980ís, when the Districtís hydro-electric project started generating power and revenue. Regrettably, the District is increasing water rates due to projected lower hydro-electric revenue.  When the Districtís current power sales agreement expires in 2020, we can no longer expect the same generous rates we are receiving now.

 In anticipation, the District has completed large infrastructure improvements such as a 4 million gallon tank near Opal Springs and a 24-inch water main from Opal Springs to the new tank while hydro-electric revenue is still available.  We have also reduced staff through attrition. These measures along with the water rate increase effective April 1, 2017, are part of a long-range financial plan to lessen the chances of dramatic rate increases and taxation in the 2020ís.

Deschutes Valley Water District has redesigned the rates from a tiered rate structure to a flat rate billing structure.  Every 100 cubic feet above 700 cu ft. will be $1.30. The minimum (0-700 cubic feet) will go from $18.00 to $20.00 per month. The new rates will be much easier to calculate in comparison to the old rates. The rates are still one of the lowest in the area.

 See how the new rates compare to other water utilities in Central Oregon by going to the Water Rate Survey link on this page.


Ed Pugh



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This Page Last Modified on May 9, 2017