"This is one of the finest water
supplies in the US, and our
water rights to this source are probably the most valuable
asset the city owns.”
—Councilor Victor Chudowsky
The City of Bend is required by state and federal law to treat its Bridge Creek water source for Cryptosporidium, a parasite that caused the recent gastrointestinal illness outbreaks in Baker City. Bend’s new membrane filtration plant will meet this public health requirement and also remove silt and other particles from the creek, ensuring it will be a reliable, year-round water source – even after a fire in the forested watershed.
Making Great Water Even Better
Membrane filtration makes Bend’s Bridge Creek water even better. Membrane filter systems remove pathogens, including Cryptosporidium and Giardia, that can contaminate drinking water and adversely affect public health. Membrane filtration ensures Bend’s water customers will receive consistent, high-quality drinking water.
State and federal law requires Bend to treat the Bridge Creek water supply (Long Term 2 Enhance Surface Water Treatment Rule) http://public.health.oregon.gov/HealthyEnvironments/DrinkingWater/Rules/LT2/Pages/index.aspx
- Notification Letter to Customers - October 2014