Hillsboro Tribune (Thursday, March 5, 2015, Written by Kathy Fuller)

Program partners Hillsboro Water and Tualatin Valley Water District have agreed on a preferred route for a 30-mile pipeline to bring water from the Willamette River to Hillsboro.

The pipeline will carry water from the river north to Hillsboro and Beaverton, and will include an expanded water treatment plant in Wilsonville and additional water storage tanks. The proposed pipeline through Hillsboro runs primarily along Cornelius Pass Road.

“It’s a great step forward — the technical team started with 117 route options, and a combination of criteria-based research and local community feedback has narrowed it down to this preferred option,” said Todd Heidgerken, interim program director for the Willamette Water Supply Program.

The proposed pipeline route will now move to the next round of technical review.

Although most pipeline construction won’t occur until 2020, project staff have already begun to identify and plan for possible opportunities for coordinating construction with roadway and other utility projects. Community briefings on the preferred pipeline route are planned for summer 2015.

Learn more about the project at OurReliableWater.org.

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