Willamette Water Monthly Issue 9
April 27, 2015 
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Safe Drinking Water is Priority One!

When the Willamette Water Supply is up and running in 2026, water from the mid-Willamette River will be filtered and treated at an expanded Willamette River Water Treatment Plant in Wilsonville. From there, high-quality drinking water will be distributed to homes and businesses.

Wilsonville has used the Willamette River as its drinking water source for more than a decade. Their residents and business have consistently received water that meets or surpasses state and federal drinking water quality standards.

One of the reasons the Willamette River Water Treatment Plant has been so successful in providing quality water to Wilsonville, and more recently Sherwood, is because it utilizes multiple processes to filter and treat water for potential contaminants. The treatment process includes enhanced sedimentation, ozone, activated carbon, and filtration which provide treatment specifically for the types of contaminants that could be present from upstream influences. When expanded, the plant will continue to use the same advanced treatment technologies to reliably produce safe, high-quality drinking water for Hillsboro and TVWD.

Given the Willamette River’s connections to our communities, it has been the subject of considerable water quality monitoring and studies over the years.  The Willamette Water Supply partners have been involved with water quality monitoring efforts since the mid-1990s and have compiled a considerable amount of data on the raw (untreated) water and the finished water produced by the Willamette River Water Treatment Plant. In addition to our own water testing, we review reports on water quality by Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), state universities and others. 

The Willamette Water Supply team supports efforts to better understand water quality conditions of Oregon’s streams, to track changes and prioritize watershed protection activities and we will continue to monitor and review information from other monitoring efforts.
National Drinking Water Week: May 3-9, 2015

The first week of May is National Drinking Water Week. In 1988, the American Water Works Association formed a coalition along with the League of Women Voters, the Association of State Drinking Water Administrators and the US Environmental Protection Agency to lobby for a resolution in the U.S. Congress declaring the first week of May as National Drinking Water Week. The week-long observance was declared in a Joint Congressional Resolution and signed by then-President Ronald Reagan in an effort to draw attention to this very important resource. 

As water consumers, it is important for us to be familiar with our drinking water.  It is because of this need that this year’s theme is “What do you know about H2O?” Look for helpful information on your water provider’s website.
Willamette Water Supply Team Welcomes New Program Director

Earlier this month, Willamette Water Supply leadership announced the hiring of Program Director Dave Kraska. Kraska will manage the Willamette Water Supply Program on behalf of Tualatin Valley Water District (TVWD) and the City of Hillsboro. He will have responsibility for direct oversight and successful completion of the Program.

Kraska will lead the Willamette Water Supply Program team, including partner staff, consultants and contractors. He will also provide oversight and coordination of Program planning, permitting, design, and construction of major water supply system improvements.

Kraska was employed with Carollo Engineers for 25 years before joining the Willamette Program team. Kraska is a registered professional engineer in Oregon and has extensive experience in the water industry, with a focus on water supply planning, treatment and infrastructure. He possesses broad knowledge of water distribution system master planning and is also experienced in resolving complex water treatment issues.

“We’re thrilled Dave has joined our team. His experience, reputation and personality are exactly what we need to deliver this complex Program,” said TVWD Chief Executive Officer Mark Knudson. 
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