Clackamas River Water project failures don't pass smell test
For 27 years, I audited federal contract management, so I know what good and bad contracting looks like.
Clackamas River Water's (CRW) project to install a new reservoir, large main Hattan Road waterline, pump house and new regulators to Hattan Road residents falls into the bad category. Long delays in installing the water line across the Clackamas River, installation of outdated regulators, PVC particle pollution in the water lines and poor communication to neighbors are just some of the problems. The project engineer has failed to respond to two of my emails as to the causes and fixes to these problems, and that is why I am writing this letter to the editor.
We live on Hattan Road in rural Clackamas County between Carver and Redland across the Clackamas River from Happy Valley. Problems in installing the water pipe across the new Clackamas River Bridge led to years of delay in the opening of the bridge to traffic.
Then came the Battle Ground, Washington, contractor installing the wrong regulators to Hattan Road residents. To fix that problem, we have had our water shut off on two occasions without prior notification from CRW or the contractor, HD Plumbing. The second time our water was shut off, a CRW representative lied to me and promised the water would be turned on in 30 minutes. Our water was off for 12 hours before being restarted.
Robert Bresky is a resident of unincorporated Oregon City, in a section of rural Clackamas County between Carver and Redland.