Willamette Water Monthly Issue 30
January 9, 2017
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Willamette Water Supply Program agency tour!

In December, Willamette Water Supply Program staff hosted a tour for federal and state environmental regulatory agency personnel to see first-hand current construction, water treatment processes and areas of key environmental consideration along the more than 30-mile pipeline route. The tour provided a visual reference for the regulators as they review permits and assist with environmental and other Program considerations.

Refining the pipeline route

The Program team has been working with City of Beaverton staff and property owners for the past six months to select a preferred route for the pipeline through Beaverton, from SW Millikan Way to SW Walker Road.  

The previously identified route was formally revised in December 2016 after more detailed evaluations demonstrated the advantages of alternative routing. The new drinking water pipeline route is now planned to travel along SW Murray Boulevard and SW Jenkins Road, and connect to Walker Road via SW Ecole Avenue. The new pipeline route offers several benefits, including: fewer construction impacts in Beaverton, improved constructability, reduced pipeline length, elimination of two stream crossings, and use of county right-of-way for pipeline construction on SW Murray Boulevard.

The drinking water pipeline route through Beaverton has been revised. The red line in the above graphic shows the updated route along SW Murray Blvd and SW Jenkins Rd. 

More about our future water supply

TVWD and the City of Hillsboro are partnering to develop the mid-Willamette River at Wilsonville as an additional water supply source. Other water providers in the region are also looking at their options for future participation. There is enough water for today—but steps need to be taken now to have an adequate supply to meet future demands and provide greater reliability. Developing an additional water supply through a partnership supports the region’s plans for responsible growth within the urban growth boundary. 

This water source will offer significant benefits: excellent finished water quality, redundancy, ownership and control of the supply, year-round reliability, and excellent value.

Developing the new Willamette Water Supply System is one of Oregon’s most important infrastructure projects. The system, when completed and put into operation, will supply water to more than 300,000 residents and some of the state’s largest employers for the next 100 years and beyond. The project includes a modified intake on the Willamette River, a water treatment plant, more than 30 miles of water lines built to modern seismic standards, and water storage tanks. When possible, the Water Supply Project will utilize existing public rights-of-way and partner with road and other development projects to lessen construction impacts to the surrounding community. 

Would you like a presentation?

Contact Marlys at 503-941-4563 if you would like a Willamette Water Supply Program briefing.

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