EPA Clears $640M in WIFIA Loans for $1.3B Oregon Water Project

August 23, 2019

The Environmental Protection Agency has approved two new loans, totaling $640 million, for a major water-supply infrastructure program in western Oregon. The loan approvals, announced on Aug. 19, are part of EPA’s Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act, or WIFIA, program and will help finance the $1.3-billion, multi-year Willamette Water Supply System program. A $388-million loan is going…

New head of Joint Water Commission hired

July 18, 2019

Longtime city employee Niki Iverson will take over JWC as well as Hillsboro Water Department. HillsboroTribune Geoff Pursinger Tuesday, July 16, 2019 The city of Hillsboro has hired a new head to the regional joint water agency responsible for providing water to a large swath of Washington County. Niki Iverson has been named the city’s new…

Plans on track for Hillsboro’s new water source

February 20, 2019

Hillsboro Tribune, Olivia Singer Tuesday, February 19, 2019 There are seven years left in the development of the Willamette Water Supply Program. Roughly halfway through a massive $1.2 billion project creating an additional water source for cities across Washington County, including Hillsboro, officials say it’s still on track to go live in 2026, and the next…

Hillsboro approves higher water rates

December 18, 2018

Pamplin Media Group (December 14, 2018) “The proposed 2019 water rate adjustments varied by customer class in order to ensure each class is paying their fair share based on how customers use the City’s water system and how much water they use,” Water rates will rise by up to 20 percent for some of Hillsboro’s…

Powerful ecological enhancement amid rapid urbanization

December 17, 2018

Tree for All (December 2018) For years, partners have been preparing to transform this reach of Chicken Creek. In 1996, thanks in part to the grassroots support of Friends of Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, the US Fish & Wildlife Service purchased the surrounding land and initiated restoration efforts. In 2009, a half-mile upstream from…

Collaboration leads to water savings

November 29, 2018

By: Norm Eder,   November 19, 2018 WIFIA funding will save ratepayers about $383 million in borrowing costs for the new water system. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced last week that Tualatin Valley Water District (TVWD) and the City of Hillsboro are eligible to apply for $616.6 million in federal loan support for the Willamette…

Oregon Delegation Announces Major Water Infrastructure Loan for Tualatin Valley Water District and City of Hillsboro

November 6, 2018

November 2, 2018 PORTLAND, OR – Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, with Representatives Suzanne Bonamici, Earl Blumenauer, and Kurt Schrader, today announced that a massive $616.6 million loan, made possible through special federal funding from the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA), will be made available to the Tualatin Valley Water…

Federal loan will aid regional water project

November 6, 2018

By: Peter Wong , Friday, November 02, 2018 Congressional delegation announces $617 million toward $1.2 billion program to provide supplies to Washington County communities by 2026. Oregon’s congressional delegation has announced a $617 million federal loan that will enable the Tualatin Valley Water District and several cities to obtain water from the Willamette River. The loan from…

Supply program provides update on Big Pipe project from Wilsonville north

October 2, 2018

By: Corey Buchanan, Wednesday, September 26, 2018 Big Pipe Project update. Also during the work session, Willamette Water Supply Program coordinators provided an update on a project that will implement a 30-mile water pipeline from Wilsonville to Hillsboro. The project will provide more water for jurisdictions such as Hillsboro and Beaverton while Wilsonville will also add…

Keep the jobs pipeline local for water supply

April 12, 2018

By: Mike Morey Monday, April 09, 2018 On the Westside, those who manage our water are thinking and planning ahead to secure a new source for our water supply On the Westside, those who manage our water are thinking and planning ahead to secure a new source for our water supply We often take for…