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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The new Willamette River water system will be one of Oregon’s most important projects—designed to supply water to more than 300,000 residents and some of the state’s largest employers for the next 100 years. The Willamette Water Supply Program is underway, but it will take over a decade to develop. For this major project, planning, engineering, financing, public outreach and permitting requirements will need to be strategically coordinated starting early in the process.
As a first step a preliminary design study for the Willamette Supply began in late 2013. The study considers alternative routing options for the water pipe, potential reservoirs sites, and evaluates approaches to construction that will significantly reduce impacts to the environment and the public.
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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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