Willamette Water Monthly Issue 28
November 10, 2016 
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Willamette Water Supply Pipeline Construction Begins

Pipeline construction for the Willamette Water Supply Program began this month as the first pieces of pipe were placed into the ground along Kinsman Road in Wilsonville. 

 “This is a historic event,” said Dave Kraska, Program Director. “Installing this first pipe brings to life the vision and good planning taken by the Tualatin Valley Water District (TVWD) and the City of Hillsboro over the years.  It is the first of many pieces of pipe that will stretch more than 30 miles across Washington County. When the project is completed in 2026, hundereds of thousands of Washington county residents and businesses will have an even more reliable and resilient drinking water system.” 

The first piece of pipe arrives at the Kinsman Road construction site.

The first pieces of pipe were installed on the Kinsman Road Partnership Project by crews from Emery & Sons Construction Group based out of Salem, Oregon. The City of Wilsonville, with partial federal aid assistance from the Federal Highway Administration, is constructing the project. Pipe for this project is produced locally by Northwest Pipe Company, based in Portland, Oregon. Local production of the large-diameter pipe supports our economy and saves ratepayers money due to lower transportation costs. 

Collaboration on the cost-saving opportunity project began in July 2016 with work to extend SW Kinsman Road. Partnering on existing infrastructure projects helps minimize traffic and construction impacts to the nearby community and saves money by sharing construction and project management costs among agencies. 

We are excited to share with you a  time lapsed video of the first piece of the pipeline going in the ground! This is history in the making. 

Program Update Highlights

Scholls Area Pipeline Route – CH2M Hill engineers were recently selected as the design consultant for this section of the pipeline route. Weekly design team meetings have begun!

Community Outreach — Right-of-entry outreach continues for more than 400 properties along the alignment. Current wetland, cultural, geotechnical, and other environmental studies on these properties are nearly complete for upcoming permitting. Additional survey work will continue as needed.

Permitting – Staff are busy utilizing the wetland delineations and other information gathered from the right-of-entry process to develop permit applications to submit to Federal and State agencies in 2017. The permits issued by the Corps of Engineers, National Marine Fisheries Service, and Department of State Lands are important authorizations that will include environmental mitigation measures needed to complete the water supply system in compliance with federal and state laws.

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 better value.

Developing the new Willamette Water Supply System is one of Oregon’s most important projects—designed to supply water to more than 300,000 residents and some of the state’s largest employers for the next 100 years. 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, use of existing public rights-of-way in most locations,partnering with road projects when possible, and additional water supply tanks.

We’ve launched Twitter and YouTube

Connect with us while we connect elements of the Willamette Water Supply System. Follow us @WillametteWater and on the Willamette Water YouTube channel. 

Marlys Mock, Media & Community Relations Coordinator, 503-941-4570​

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