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Road project could give Hillsboro and Tualatin Valley Water District head start on pipeline to Willamette River

By Andrew Theen  The Oregonian/OregonLive   (May 14, 2013)

Water District’s joint plan to build a pipeline to the Willamette River is already gaining momentum.

The city and TVWD, Oregon’s second-largest water provider, formally designated the Willamette River near Wilsonville as the secondary water source of the future at meetings in February and April respectively.

Hillsboro uses a combination of Tualatin River, Henry Hagg Lake and Barney Reservoir water currently, but demand is expected to outpace supply, and the city says a secondary source is needed by 2026.

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Tualatin Valley Water District selects Willamette River as future water source

OregonLive.com—The Tualatin Valley Water District voted 4-0 Wednesday to tap the Willamette River as the district’s need for water grows in the next 30 years and beyond.

The district will partner with Hillsboro, which voted in February to adopt the same long-term strategy for water supply.

The two agencies plan to build a water treatment plant in Wilsonville and a pipeline to transport the water to Washington County.

The plan could be implemented by 2025. The Tualatin Valley Water District expects its portion of the cost to be $408.3 million.

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Hillsboro’s trek to the Willamette River could begin soon, others to follow as suburbs plan for growth

In fewer than 20 years, Willamette River water may flow from faucets and sprinkler heads, fuel businesses and water fountains, and course through a maze of pipes to customers throughout Washington County.

The Hillsboro Utilities Commission will vote on a preferred secondary water source for Oregon’s fifth-largest city on Tuesday.

After a three-year study, the Willamette River near Wilsonville “clearly demonstrated” the best option to meet a water demand that city officials say will be necessary as soon as 2025, according to a staff report.

The majority of Oregon’s residents live within 20 miles of the Willamette, the 13th largest river by volume in the lower 48 states.

More than a decade after Wilsonville opened what was then a controversial plant to tap the mighty river, there is little resistance from environmental advocates or the populace as the suburb plans for the future.

Hillsboro doesn’t have water rights on the river but it does have connections, Water Department Director Kevin Hanway said.

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