Willamette Water Monthly Issue 2
September, 2014
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Did you know that September is Preparedness Month? Since this is the September issue of the Willamette Water Monthly, we thought we’d take this opportunity to talk about how the Willamette River Water Supply Program helps our region become prepared in the case of a natural disaster. 

Resiliency and redundancy are important words to water providers who are dedicated to providing a reliable water supply to their customers. We know natural disasters and interruptions to water delivery can happen anywhere, at any time. Planning for these interruptions is at the core of what we do.

New System Means Quicker Recovery from Earthquakes

Earthquakes are high on the list of natural disasters that can interrupt our drinking water supply. Communities often are without reliable, safe water supplies following a large earthquake. Restoring water service to hospitals, schools, homes and businesses — as well as for firefighting — can sometimes take months, threatening public health, public safety and the region’s economy.

Napa, California experienced 130 pipeline breaks in the first nine days after the recent August 2014 magnitude 6.0 earthquake.
No one knows exactly when the 9.0 Cascadia mega-quake will hit the Pacific Northwest, but we all know it’s coming. Willamette Water Supply staff are carefully studying the geology of the pipeline routes to avoid landslide areas. They are designing a pipeline using advanced seismic standards to dramatically reduce the time it takes to recover from an earthquake – decreasing from months to days. The goal: protect lives and bring clean, safe water to our families in the aftermath of a major disaster.   
Safety and recovery from a major natural disaster is what resiliency is all about.

Mid-Willamette Supply Will Improve Reliability

The Willamette Water Supply Program will bring an additional source of water to the region.  When the new system comes online in 2026, cities in Washington and Clackamas Counties will have access to a new resilient water supply — one they can draw on in case of water emergencies such as large water main breaks.  
The mid-Willamette water supply will provide another high-quality water source that partner communities can draw upon for clean drinking water. When the project is complete, the region’s water supply will include the mid-Willamette River, Tualatin/Trask watersheds, Clackamas River, Bull Run watershed and wells.    

Reliability means delivering high-quality, uninterrupted water to your tap every day and when you need it most. 

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City of Wilsonville 2014 Annual Water Quality Report

Since April 2002, when the Willamette River Water Treatment Plant began operating, the water produced by the City has exceeded all Federal and State drinking water standards for water quality and regulatory compliance. Learn more about this high-quality drinking water source in Wilsonville’s 2014 Annual Water Quality Report.

Coming to a Neighborhood Near You — Water

This fall, the Willamette Water Supply Program will hold a series of open houses in Wilsonville and other cities in Washington County, as well as an online open house. These open houses provide opportunities for the public to give feedback on the pipeline route alternatives. Please visit our website to learn more about the program and the upcoming open houses. 
Wednesday, Sept. 24, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. TVF&R Training Center
Tuesday, Oct. 28, 6 – 8 p.m. Wilsonville City Hall
Thursday, Oct. 30, 6 – 8 p.m. Beaverton City Library
Wednesday, Nov. 5, 6 – 8 p.m. Mountain View Middle School Cafeteria
Saturday, Nov. 15, 10 a.m. – noon Al’s Garden Center
Tuesday, Nov. 18, 6 – 8 p.m. Tualatin Valley Water District
Thursday, Nov. 20, 6 – 8 p.m. Hillsboro Main Library

Our Reliable Water Website

We are committed to keeping our website,, up to date so it is a valuable resource for the WWSP. Please take a few minutes and visit the site, where you can find information on upcoming events, news stories and staff contacts for the program. There is also a “Quick Facts” page that should answer most questions about the project.

Have a question or a comment?

Contact Todd Heidgerken at
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