Willamette Water Monthly Issue 12
July 13, 2015 
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Being Water Wise Helps with Summer Water Supplies!

Although temperatures have risen faster this year than usual, water suppliers take multiple weather scenarios into account when planning for customer demands. Proactive planning has been coordinated regionally for almost 20 years, including collaboration between agencies, to make sure water needs are met during droughts and other water shortages. 

Current municipal water supplies in the Portland metropolitan area are in good shape to meet the seasonal needs of our communities. However, it is still important to remember that water efficiency and conservation efforts are always encouraged. Water is one of our region’s most important resources, and should never be wasted. Contact your local provider for information on ways that you can improve water efficiency in your home or business this summer.  

July is Smart Irrigation and Water Awareness Month

It has been a record breaking summer already and forecasts point to continuing hot weather. As water suppliers, we manage our supplies to meet greater demands including “peak demands” that occur at specific times during the day.  
Outdoor water use substantially increases peak demands, which cause significant stress on water supply infrastructure. We appreciate everyone’s help by making sure irrigation systems are working correctly, and avoiding overwatering by irrigating according to the needs of your landscape. July is “Smart Irrigation Month” and Water Awareness Month so it’s a good time to “get smarter” about watering techniques. Homeowners typically overwater lawns and landscapes by up to 30 percent. By selecting and planting carefully, watering wisely, and maintaining and upgrading automated irrigation systems, consumers can save money and water and see better results. Helpful tips, and an application for determining your weather-based, recommended weekly watering amount by zip code, can be found on the Regional Water Providers Consortium website at

Smart Irrigation Month is an initiative of the Irrigation Association, a non-profit industry organization dedicated to promoting efficient irrigation. Visit to learn more.

Governor Kate Brown just declared July as Water Awareness Month and asks all Oregonians to do their part to use water wisely. 

Communication is Key for Consumer Confidence 

People want to be informed consumers, and we want to make it easy to stay informed. The Willamette Water Supply team shares information with the public because it’s important that our communities be a part of the process that will create a sustainable water supply to benefit future generations. Learn more about the Program’s plans for source, treatment, storage and distribution by visiting the OurReliableWater website.  
Every year, municipal water providers across America publish Water Quality Reports that provide customers detailed information about their water supply. These reports describe sources (i.e., rivers, lakes, reservoirs, or aquifers), list detected minerals and other substances, and educate customers on conservation efforts and other agency projects and programs. The reports are due to customers by July 1st of each year.
Click on a provider below to learn more about the quality of the water they deliver to homes and businesses.
City of Hillsboro
Tualatin Valley Water District
City of Beaverton
City of Wilsonville
City of Sherwood
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