The $1.3 billion plan to draw water from the Willamette River and deliver it to several cities that otherwise might lose their water in a major earthquake will be discussed at the next Washington County Public Affairs Forum.
Lunch will start at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 18, and the program at noon, at Coyote's Bar and Grill, 5301 W. Baseline Rd., Hillsboro. The public is invited. Lunch can be ordered from the menu.
Scheduled speakers are Dave Kraska, manager of the Willamette Water Supply Program; Tom Hickman, chief executive of Tualatin Valley Water District, and representatives from the cities of Hillsboro and Beaverton.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently approved loans totaling $640 million to the district and Hillsboro for construction of the project, which involves an upgraded intake near Wilsonville, a new treatment plant near Sherwood, and miles of piping and two reservoirs. District and Hillsboro water customers will repay the loans. Other participating cities are not liable for the loans, but their water customers will pay for new shares of water.
The project is scheduled for completion in 2026.
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