Willamette Water Monthly Issue 13
August 12, 2015
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Earthquake Preparedness

On the minds of many Oregonians is the safety and security of their homes, businesses, schools and critical public infrastructure since the New Yorker published the “The Really Big One.” 

Increasing the resiliency and reliability of the region’s water supply is one of the primary objectives of the Willamette Water Supply Program. 

Water providers can help improve system resiliency by having access to multiple supplies and constructing water systems in a manner that allows for systems to be operational after a variety of events. The Willamette River Water Supply will be an additional source of high quality water for the City of Hillsboro and the Tualatin Valley Water District, providing reliability and redundancy following a disaster or other service interruptions. Additionally, the facilities are being designed to the latest seismic standards such that they will be operational after a major earthquake.  

August is National Water Quality Month!

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) designated August as National Water Quality Month. In the United States, it’s easy to take safe drinking water for granted given the decades of reliably providing quality water to our homes, schools and businesses through effective treatment
Knowing how your actions impact your source water is important. National Water Quality Month is a great reminder of how our actions affect our waterways.
Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality has tips on how to protect water quality.

You can help safeguard the quality of our streams and rivers by making small changes that reduce the amount of dirty runoff water flowing into local waterways. Some recommendations include:
  • Use soaps and cleaning products made with natural ingredients.
  • Clean driveways with a broom instead of a hose.
  • Instead of flushing, dispose of outdated or unwanted medications at a drug take-back box or event.
  • Apply appropriate amounts of pesticides or fertilizers to lawns, or better yet, avoid their use altogether.
  • Recycle used oil and antifreeze curbside or at your local recycling station.
  • “Do your Doody” and always pick up after your pets. 
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