I should have mentioned in my post earlier: I have a submeter and yet, just a few weeks ago a NWP employee came in to 'check and reset my meter'. I am gone most of the time so water and sewer usage is minimal at best. I workout and shower at the gym. My complaint is the fluctuation of usage and resulting charges when your actual usage remains the same and in many cases, reduces, the continually expanding fees, and the helplessness one feels as these fees and charges are beyond your control.
At least with Xcel Energy you can control your energy consumption; not with NWP. We have a trash valet service my community added a few months ago. Laughingly called as it amounts to a plastic 'bench' outside your door in which to throw trash bags. I'd rather just throw my own trash in the many dumpsters on the property, but no...it's mandatory...and that costs $20/month!!
I'm so annoyed about this as you are really unable to budget because the bill keeps going up...it never ever ever goes down!!