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Willamette Water Monthly Issue 5
December 12, 2014
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Happy 40th Anniversary Safe Drinking Water Act!

The United States Congress passed the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) 40 years ago to protect Americans’ drinking water.  The law sets national health-based standards for drinking water. The SDWA requires actions that protect drinking water and that are regularly reviewed and updated to keep current with the latest research. 

Willamette Water Supply Program leaders are committed to delivering water to customers that meets the high standards set by the Safe Drinking Water Act.   The mid-Willamette River at Wilsonville has been an excellent source of safe, filtered drinking water for Wilsonville for more than a decade—producing water that is better than every state and federal standard. The expanded Willamette River Water Treatment Plant will continue to provide high quality water to communities in Washington County well into our future.

Gene Seibel (far right) at the Oregon Safe Drinking Water Act signing with Governor Vic Atiyeh in 1973. December 16th marks the 40th Anniversary of the SDWA. (Gene Seibel led the creation of the Tualatin Valley Water District (TVWD) through a merger of Wolf Creek Water District and the Metzger Water District in 1991.)
The treatment process includes the use of filtration, ozonation, and granular activated carbon, which removes or destroys the biological and chemical substances that could be present in the river. To learn more about the filtration process, click here.
 
Seven Open Houses Provide Valuable Feedback
Seven public open houses were held in Washington and Clackamas Counties this fall to unveil the project and seek feedback on possible pipeline routes. Attendees included community leaders, residents, students and elected officials.

The main benefit identified by participants was coordinating pipeline construction with other improvement projects.  This feedback from the community matches with one of the Program’s top goals to collaborate with other agencies’ projects—which saves ratepayers money.

Attendees were most interested  in construction impacts on neighbors, traffic congestion and Willamette River water quality.  Feedback also included comments on proposed potential pipeline routes and suggestions for alternate pipeline routes, which will be used by the engineering team to guide upcoming pipeline route decisions.

There is still time to provide your feedback – the on-line virtual open house is open through December 15 at www.OurReliableWater.org.
 
Keeping the Willamette River Healthy
TVWD and Hillsboro Water staff participated in a source water protection workshop at Meyer Memorial Trust’s Within Our Reach conference in Corvallis, Oregon on December 11-12, 2014.  Within Our Reach is a biennial gathering of funders, river restoration professionals, landowners, public agencies, scientists and students focused on improving the health of the Willamette River. The goal of Within Our Reach is to engage a broader group of stakeholders in reflecting on the challenges facing the river and its tributaries, learning about restoration efforts in and beyond Oregon, and crafting practical strategies to ensure that a healthy river system is a secure part of our future. The workshop will help guide collaborative partnerships to safeguard the Willamette River as a quality source of drinking water. To learn more visit www.withinourreach.net.
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