Thursday - June 20, 2013

Soapbox: Benefits of water partnership extend beyond city limits

By Craig Dirksen - Editorial, The Tigard Tualatin Times

Soon, the city of Tigard will have its own water supply. The cities of Lake Oswego and Tigard have formed a partnership to share a joint water supply and construct and operate treatment facilities to provide their residents with safe, reliable water for the foreseeable future.

Construction of the water intake on the Clackamas River and the water treatment plant have begun, with the goal of having them in operation by 2016, when Tigard’s current water contract with the city of Portland expires. By creating this partnership, both cities will realize extensive gains and savings over each city “going it alone.”

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