Regional Water Partnership Equals Great Results During Hot, Dry Summer
Washington County water providers have worked together for decades to support each other in times of need. They share special equipment, technical staff expertise, and most importantly water when one of our communities needs additional supply to meet the needs of its citizens.
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The Joint Water Commission (JWC) members (cities of Hillsboro, Forest Grove, and Beaverton; and the Tualatin Valley Water District) have partnered for nearly forty years to develop and share water resources. These cooperative efforts provide reliable drinking water to more than 300,000 Washington County residents and businesses every day, and during emergencies such as windstorms, floods, droughts, and earthquakes.
The summer of 2015 offers a perfect example of how JWC members support each other during potential water shortages. When the outlook for summer water supply was uncertain, JWC members worked closely to balance supplies when demands reached record peaks during the hottest days. For example, Forest Grove and Beaverton leased water to Hillsboro and the Tualatin Valley Water District to make sure that their customers would have enough water to meet demands for the remainder of 2015.
This practice of joint management and sharing of our precious resources will continue with the future Willamette Water Supply System partnership. In addition, the future Willamette Supply will add even more stability to the region’s water supply and provide reliability and resiliency for decades to come.
The 124th Avenue Extension road and pipeline project will be under construction soon! A new regular feature of Willamette Water Monthly will be construction status updates on projects underway.
Marlys Mock, Community Affairs Coordinator, 971-235-7336