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Surface Water Project News

Post Date:01/18/2012

Thanks for visiting the City of Bend’s Surface Water Improvement Project website.

The year 2011 was an exciting time for the project. Over the past 12 months, the City Council continued to move the project forward and the State demonstrated its support by providing more than a quarter of the revenue needed for the project in the form of grants and low interest loans. Throughout these developments, the project team has kept the public informed with a project open house and enhanced our online presence with an improved website, a new web comment form, and project email updates.

Most recently, the City Council sent a letter to the State of Oregon requesting a delayed implementation of the EPA’s new rule to treat surface water for cryptosporidium – a microbe that can make people sick. A new compliance schedule would postpone construction of the water treatment plant component of the project and spread out project costs, reducing the burden on rate payers.

The letter follows recent discussions with the Oregon Drinking Water Program regarding whether Bend could qualify for a variance to the LT2 Rule. City staff confirmed that Bend would not qualify for a variance for two key reasons:

  • Bend has seven documented positive test results for cryptosporidium in its surface water supply since sampling began in 2005. 
  • Bend’s municipal watershed is open and accessible to the public.

You can find the letter on the Materials and Reports page.

We look forward to moving into the construction phase of the project in 2012 as designs approach completion. Design work for the new pipeline and intake facility modifications continues and is approaching 90 percent design completion. The design for the hydroelectric facility is also progressing.

We will continue to post updates as we gain more information.

Happy New Year,

Heidi Lansdowne
City of Bend Project Manager

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