Kelso Water, Sewer & Garbage Utilities

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Utility Bill Payments can be made on-line at or by phone at 1-855-857-3351.  Payments can be made with credit or debit cards with a 2.5% convenience fee.  Customer support can be reached at 1-888-891-6064.  Payments can be made using Rapid Pay.  Payments are deducted from savings or checking accounts bimonthly on the bill due date.  Complete the Rapid Pay Application and mail to City of Kelso P.O. Box 819 Kelso, WA 98626 or submit at utilities@kelso.govLeak Adjustment Request forms must be completed and must include copies of invoices, receipts and or pictures showing repairs have been made.  Water and Sewer Leak Adjustment Guidelines.

Water Hook-Ups Application for Service
Garbage Service
Recycling Drop-Site Locations
Senior Citizen Rate Reduction
Storm Sewer


Deposit of either $100 or $200 is required for water, sewer and/or garbage services. To qualify for the $100 deposit, applicants can have no more than one delinquent notice, no more than once check returned for insufficient funds, and no previous liens filed with the City of Kelso.  If the applicant does not meet those requirements, a $200 deposit is then required.  Also a service call fee of $25.00 is due at time of sign on for operations to read and/or turn water on at your address.

Deposits are applied to current bills after 30 months of continuous on time full payments.
Final bills are figured from the last reading to the date the water is shut off.
Deposits are nontransferable from one residence/resident to another.
If you move, you must make a new deposit.


To be hooked up to the City's water system, you must come to the Finance and Utility Department and initiate an application in person.

You will be required to present:

  • Personal Identification
  • A copy of your owner information or your current rental agreement
  • Identify your landlord and his or her current address

Water service is provided by the City of Kelso and is charged on consumption.


Inside City Limits                              

Residential                                                Water       Sewer     Garbage    Storm Water

Monthly Base Rate                                   $12.50*     $60.74      $15.72          $10.23

*In addition to the base rate shown above, $3.68 per 100 cubic feet shall be charged for metered water consumed.

Outside City Limits

Residential                                                 Water        Sewer

Monthly Base Rate                                     $18.75*     $91.11

*In addition to the base rate shown above, $5.52 per 100 cubic feet shall be charged for metered water consumed.

Commercial Water Rates Inside City Limits

Meter                 Monthly Rate

1"                            $25.82

1 1/2"                      $48.35

2"                            $75.15

3"                          $146.75

4"                          $227.51

6"                          $720.63

In addition to the rates shown, $3.68 per 100 cubic feet shall be charged for metered water consumed.

Outside City limit rate is 1.5 times the City rate.

2015-2019 Water Sewer Ordinance 18-3920

Master Fee Schedule Resolution 17-1192


Garbage-only accounts do not require a deposit.  To sign up for service you must come to the Finance and Utility Department and provide the same documents for water service.  Garbage is a flat rate and billed every other month.  Base rate is $15.72 per month.  The City contracts with Waste Control for garbage collection services.  Customers are provided with a garbage can.

2019-2020 Garbage Ordinance 18-3918


Drop-Site Recycling Locations:


2018 Recycling Brochure

Huntington Middle School 500 Redpath        Plastic recycling temporarily unavailable.

Accepts mixed paper, cardboard, tin & aluminum.     

1115 S. Pacific Ave      Plastic recycling temporarily unavailable.

Accepts mixed paper, cardboard, tin & aluminum.

Behind Super 8 Motel 250 S. Kelso Dr         Plastic recycling temporarily unavailable.

Accepts mixed paper, cardboard, tin & aluminum, glass (clear/brown/green), motor oil & antifreeze.



The City has its own stormwater utility with rates based on an impervious surface area. Monthly service charges range from $4.89 per impervious acre to $67.33 per impervious acre.

2017-2019  Stormwater Ordinance 16-3881


The City does have low income Senior Citizen Utility Rate Reductions. If you are at least 61 years of age and your total household income does not exceed $40,000 annually, you may qualify for a reduction on your water, sewer, garbage and stormwater portion of your bill. You may pick up an application at the Finance and Utility Department. You will be required to show proof of your income.

For more information please Contact our office.