About the Partnership
In August 2008, the cities of Lake Oswego and Tigard formally endorsed a partnership agreement for sharing drinking water resources and costs. Lake Oswego’s water supply facilities were undersized, aging and seismically weak. Tigard has long sought ownership in a secure, dependable water source and both cities wanted to keep water rates affordable for their residents. By sharing the cost of planning, designing and constructing a new supply system, each city secures its long term water supply needs at a cost neither could afford alone.
The project creates a reliable water system that delivers high-quality drinking water from the Clackamas River to the communities of Lake Oswego and Tigard. The new water supply system replaces aging, vulnerable, at-capacity infrastructure with a cutting-edge system designed to the highest seismic resiliency standards. The new system also enhances emergency water supply reliability regionally by providing access to Lake Oswego’s and Tigard’s combined storage as well as other supply sources.
A smart investment.
Clean drinking water is vital to the health and economy of our communities. It is easy to take water for granted. Every day we turn on our taps and get clean, safe water. We don't often think about the infrastructure that treats and delivers water to our homes and businesses year-round, 24 hours a day.
Clean, good tasting water year-round.
Our new water system will provide reliable, consistently high-quality drinking water—all for about a penny per gallon. The new ozone treatment system uses less chlorine for disinfection and removes more impurities from our drinking water. It also ensures your water tastes great – year round.
Partnering saves money.
The new water system replaces aging, vulnerable, at-capacity infrastructure with a cutting-edge system that serves both communities. Tigard customers benefit by obtaining access to a high-quality water source and ownership in a state-of-the-art, seismically safe water supply system. Lake Oswego customers also save millions of dollars by sharing water system improvement costs with Tigard. Together, both communities can do what neither could do on its own.
Built to last.
The new water system is the first in Oregon designed and constructed to withstand major earthquakes. The Partnership also expands a network of interconnected water systems-increasing water reliability for Lake Oswego, Tigard, West Linn and communities across the region.
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The Partnership project upgraded, upsized and expanded six major facilities:
- The Clackamas River intake in Gladstone
- The pipeline that conveys raw water to the water treatment facility
- The water treatment facility in West Linn
- The pipes that convey finished water to Lake Oswego and Tigard
- The Waluga Reservoir in Lake Oswego that provides water storage for Lake Oswego and needed capacity to provide water to both communities
- The Bonita Road pump station in Tigard.
The partnership will upgrade, upsize and expand Lake Oswego’s existing drinking water facilities – at or near their current locations – to serve the needs of Lake Oswego and Tigard customers. You can download a larger pdf version of the construction schedule here. (pdf, 558 kb)
How the Partnership Works
This regional collaboration isn’t new. Lake Oswego and Tigard have benefitted from a water supply relationship dating back to the 1970s – Lake Oswego as the seller of water, Tigard as the buyer. The Oregon Department of Water Resources and the conservation community encourage regional water supply planning and collaboration between multiple communities as a smart way to manage water needs.
Under the partnership agreement, the City of Lake Oswego is the managing agency responsible for the design, construction and ongoing operation of the new facilities. An Oversight Committee provides leadership and guidance, with representatives from Lake Oswego and Tigard City Councils. A Technical Team includes staff from both cities.
Costs are allocated to Lake Oswego and Tigard. For more information, read the Partnership Agreement between the two cities. The primary funding source is revenue bonds repaid by customers’ monthly water charges.
Call the project hotline at (503) 697-6502.