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Tigard will buy more water from Lake Oswego

Portland Tribune, Kara Hansen -December 19, 2013

Tigard will buy a larger share of water and shoulder more of the costs as Lake Oswego upgrades and expands its infrastructure to serve both cities — a change that will potentially halve projected water rate hikes for Lake Oswego residents.

The Lake Oswego City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a plan to give Tigard an additional 4 million gallons per day under the Lake Oswego-Tigard Water Partnership, an effort that began in 2008 to develop a joint drinking water system.

Lake Oswego City Manager Scott Lazenby said the agreement represents one way smaller cities like Lake Oswego can efficiently provide services through economies of scale that sometimes elude larger cities.

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