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.

“We want as many people as possible to weigh in and give us their opinion,” said Patrick Preston, the city of Hillsboro’s public affairs manager.

Because this is a project that could take years to develop, the city is making a special effort to encourage young people to offer their viewpoints. Preston said members of the Hillsboro Youth Action Council will be present at the open house.

“We’re reaching out to have youth there,” Preston said.

For more information, see ourreliablewater.org.

— Doug Burkhardt