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Business Opportunities Increasing for Major Water Program

The Willamette Water Supply Program (Program), a drinking water infrastructure partnership between the Tualatin Valley Water District and the City of Hillsboro, has released its baseline design and construction schedule – a milestone that sets a multitude of business opportunities into motion for the next decade.

“This major water infrastructure project spans across five cities in Washington County, including Wilsonville, Tualatin, Sherwood, Beaverton, and Hillsboro,” notes Dave Kraska, Willamette Water Supply Program Director. “We have divided the work up into smaller pieces over several years. This allows and provides local and regional businesses of all sizes an opportunity to be a part of this historic project that will benefit the local economy, provide jobs, and support regional economic development.”

The Program schedule includes the various construction components needed through 2026 when water will begin to flow to Tualatin Valley Water District and City of Hillsboro water customers through the new water system.



Willamette Water Supply Pipeline Construction Begins

The first pieces of pipe for the Willamette Water Supply are installed, marking a significant milestone for the regional water system partnership between the Tualatin Valley Water District (TVWD) and City of Hillsboro as pipeline construction is now underway.

“This is a historic event,” said Dave Kraska Program Director. “Installing this first pipe brings to life the vision and good planning taken by TVWD and the City of Hillsboro over the years.  It is the first of many pieces of pipe that will stretch across Washington County, creating a regional, reliable and resilient drinking water supply.”

wwsp_firstpieceofpipeThe system includes about 30 miles of mostly 66-inch diameter water pipeline, water storage tanks, water intake improvements on the mid-Willamette River at Wilsonville, and a water treatment plant. The first pieces of pipe were installed on the Kinsman Road Partnership Project by crews from Emery & Sons Construction Group based out of Salem, Oregon. Continue reading Willamette Water Supply Pipeline Construction Begins

Nov. 12 Groundbreaking Event for 124th Avenue Extension and Willamette Water Supply Pipeline Projects

Melissa De Lyser, Washington County Communications Coordinator, 503-846-4963,
Marlys Mock, Willamette Water Supply Program Community Affairs Coordinator, 971-235-7336,

Community leaders and staff will gather at the south side of Tualatin-Sherwood Road and SW 124th Avenue at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, to celebrate the groundbreaking of the upcoming roadway and pipeline projects.

Speakers include Andy Duyck, chair, Washington County Board of Commissioners; Lou Ogden, mayor, Tualatin; Krisanna Clark, mayor, Sherwood; Tim Knapp, mayor, Wilsonville; Mike Duyck, fire chief, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue; and Marilyn McWilliams, board president, Tualatin Valley Water District.


Willamette Water Supply Program begins constructing pipeline in partnership with Washington County’s 124th Avenue Extension Project

Willamette Water Supply Program partners, City of Hillsboro and Tualatin Valley Water District (TVWD), are teaming up with Washington County to construct nearly 2.7 miles of a large-diameter drinking water transmission pipeline in conjunction with the County’s 124th Avenue Extension road project. This is the first section of the more than 30-mile water transmission pipeline to be built as part of the Willamette Water Supply Program.


Willamette Water Supply Preferred Route Identified

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.


Virtual Open House Deadline Extended

In an effort to encourage participation, the Willamette Water Supply Program’s online “virtual” open house will remain available for public comment through Monday, December 15. Through the “virtual” open house, Tualatin Valley Water District (TVWD) and Hillsboro Water are inviting Washington County residents to share their views on possible water pipeline routes proposed for the Wilsonville, Tualatin, Sherwood, King City, Tigard, Beaverton and Hillsboro areas. To participate, visit Community feedback from the open houses will be used to help select a preferred pipeline route in early 2015.


Open houses set for the Willamette Water Supply Program

Tualatin Valley Water District (TVWD) and Hillsboro Water invite the public to attend an open house to learn more about the Willamette Water Supply Program and provide feedback on possible pipeline routes. The open houses begin in Wilsonville on October 28 and will be repeated throughout urban Washington County. A brief presentation will occur 30 minutes after each open house starts.