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Wilsonville-to-Hillsboro water line route, just unveiled, is a study in time, patience

The Oregonian/OregonLive (Written by Dana Tims,  March 07, 2015)

Todd Heidgerken is the first to note that long-term water planning isn’t a profession suited to anyone expecting immediate gratification.

As evidence, he pointed to this week’s landmark decision regarding where to build a 30-mile pipeline linking 300,000 current and future Washington County residents with treated drinking water from the Willamette River Treatment Plant in Wilsonville.

The water right that the Tualatin Valley Water District needs to tap the Willamette was secured nearly 40 years ago, said Heidgerken, Willamette Water Supply interim program director.

And even now that a preferred pipeline route has been identified, it will be more than a decade before Willamette River water begins flowing to spigots in Hillsboro.

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Water pipeline route identified

Hillsboro Tribune (Thursday, March 5, 2015, Written by Kathy Fuller)

Program partners Hillsboro Water and Tualatin Valley Water District have agreed on a preferred route for a 30-mile pipeline to bring water from the Willamette River to Hillsboro.

The pipeline will carry water from the river north to Hillsboro and Beaverton, and will include an expanded water treatment plant in Wilsonville and additional water storage tanks. The proposed pipeline through Hillsboro runs primarily along Cornelius Pass Road.

“It’s a great step forward — the technical team started with 117 route options, and a combination of criteria-based research and local community feedback has narrowed it down to this preferred option,” said Todd Heidgerken, interim program director for the Willamette Water Supply Program.

The proposed pipeline route will now move to the next round of technical review.

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Willamette Water Supply Preferred Route Identified

On Tuesday, March 3, the preferred pipeline route for the Willamette Water Supply Program was shared with the Tualatin Valley Water District (TVWD) Board of Commissioners. Program partners, TVWD and Hillsboro Water, agreed last week to move the preferred pipeline route to the next round of technical review and continued public engagement. The preferred pipeline route will be shared with the other jurisdictions along the route during the next two months.  The preferred route is more than 30 miles long, from Wilsonville north through Hillsboro and Beaverton.

This favored route is the result of months of work reviewing multiple routes against selection criteria and getting input from staff, policymakers and community members.   “It’s a great step forward—the technical team started with 117 route options, and a combination of criteria-based research and local community feedback has narrowed it down to this preferred option.” explained Todd Heidgerken, interim Program Director for the Willamette Water Supply Program.  “There is still more work to be done. The specifics of the pipeline route are far from final.”  Over the coming year, the Willamette Water Supply Program staff will continue with pipeline planning and design with input from the local jurisdictions.

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Agreement binds Wilsonville to water supply project

Wilsonville Spokesman (Wednesday, 14 January 2015, Written by Josh Kulla)

Wilsonville City Councilors unanimously voted Jan. 5 to sign a memorandum of understanding with the Tualatin Valley Water District and five metro area cities, a move that takes the city further down the road toward a new water treatment plant.

The agreement binds Wilsonville, the water district and the cities of Sherwood, Tualatin, Tigard, Beaverton and Hillsboro into a partnership that is aimed at producing a governance agreement by the end of 2016. The agreement would essentially spell out the details behind a future system of pipelines that would send Willamette River water from a new water treatment plant in Wilsonville to the participating cities.

“It’s adding time to our extended schedule and it’s paying for having the facilitator continue to work with us as we work on how to solve this really, really complex problem,” Wilsonville Community Development Director Nancy Kraushaar told Wilsonville City Councilors at their Jan. 5 meeting.

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Thank You to Open House Attendees

The Willamette Water Supply Program wishes to thank everyone who attended the recent  open houses. Your input is greatly appreciated!

More than 800 people attended the open house or participated in the online open house.  Participants said that coordinating pipeline construction with other improvement projects (like transportation projects) and utility work as the main benefit of the Project.  Construction impacts, particularly the potential for traffic congestion and impact on businesses and residents, was the primary concern expressed by attendees.

The input from the open houses is being used to help define the preferred pipeline route, coordinate construction with other agencies, and better plan for construction impacts. A preferred route for the project, from Wilsonville to Hillsboro and Beaverton, will be identified in 2015, with more public outreach planned for summer 2015.

Read the open house summary here.

 

Washington County’s long-term water needs on display at ‘virtual’ open house

Oregonlive.com  (November 27 | Written by Dana Tims)

The Willamette Water Supply Program is exploring options for future pipeline routes and is seeking public comment.

A series of open houses was held recently at various points in Washington County, but residents have until the end of the day Friday, Nov. 28, to participate in an online “virtual” open house. Visit’s the site’s webpage for full information.

Program officials hope to get as much information from residents as possible about future pipeline routes they say will be needed to meet water demands that are expected to double by 2050.

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Planning starts on new water pipeline routes

Hillsboro Tribune (Tuesday, 25 November 2014 11:24 | Written by Kathy Fuller)

‘Multi-generational’ project will bring water from Willamette River

A Nov. 20 open house in Hillsboro brought close to 100 citizens to peruse maps and potential pipeline routes for the Willamette Water Supply Project, a decade-long undertaking to bring Willamette River water to Hillsboro and the Tualatin Valley Water District (TVWD)

It was the final of six open houses highlighting potential pipeline routes from the Willamette River in Wilsonville to Hillsboro and Beaverton. The project began in 2012 as TVWD and Hillsboro city officials studied potential sources for an additional water supply to meet growing industrial and residential demand. The project is a multi-agency, multi-jurisdiction effort to provide a reliable water supply for the next 100 years.

Hillsboro studied four options, including buying water from Portland; the Tualatin Basin Water Supply Project that would raise Scoggins Dam on Hagg Lake; and a plan to develop ground wells near Scappoose. The mid-Willamette River water source was deemed the most viable option. Hillsboro’s water currently come from the Tualatin River, Hagg Lake and Barney Reservoir in the Coast Range.

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Open house will dig into water pipeline routes

Hillsboro Tribune–(Friday, 14 November 2014,  Written by Doug Burkhardt)

The Hillsboro Water Department and Tualatin Valley Water District are hosting an open house regarding plans to develop an additional source of water from the Willamette River at Wilsonville.

The Willamette Water Supply Pipeline Project is part of a long-range plan to expand the capacity of the Willamette River Water Treatment Plant and add pipelines and storage reservoirs to serve Washington County communities. Several different pipeline route options are under consideration, although construction may not begin for several years.

The public is invited to an open house that will take place in Hillsboro Thursday, Nov. 20, at the Hillsboro Main Library, 2850 N.E. Brookwood Parkway, from 6 to 8 p.m. Citizens are encouraged to give their opinions on potential routes for the water transmission lines.

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Hillsboro, other cities to hold open houses about Willamette Water Supply project

The Oregonian – OregonLive.com  (October 13, 2014 at 11:45 AM, updated October 13, 2014 at 11:46 AM / Written by Luke Hammill)

Local water officials have announced a series of October and November open houses in Wilsonville, Beaverton, Aloha, Sherwood and Hillsboro, where the public can learn more about the Willamette Water Supply Program.

The project – a joint effort between the city of Hillsboro and the Tualatin Valley Water District – seeks to develop the mid-Willamette River at Wilsonville as an additional water supply source in anticipation of population growth. Officials estimate that water needs in Washington County will double by 2050.

The Hillsboro Water Department says the Tualatin watershed will still be the city’s main source of water. But as planners expect to add tens of thousands of residents in areas like South Hillsboro, the Willamette project will provide a needed supplement, officials say.

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Water supply will be subject of open house

Hillsboro Tribune (Friday, 19 September 2014 01:00 | Written by Fuller, Kathy)

Washington County’s Department of Land Use & Transportation, Tualatin Valley Water District and Hillsboro Water invite the public to attend a project open house on Sept. 24 to learn more about the county’s 124th Avenue extension project and the Willamette Water Supply Program.

The event will be held at Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue’s Training Center, 12400 S.W. Tonquin Road, in Sherwood. The public is invited to drop in anytime between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. to learn more about both projects.

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