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Greg DiLoreto: Voters should think about effects of losing fully functional system

On Nov. 2, vote yes on Oregon City water ballot measures, 3-576 and 3-578, which will support a secure drinking water system. As chair emeritus of the American Society of Civil Engineers Committee on America's infrastructure, I have seen first-hand the effect to a community from a poorly functioning water system. Flint, Michigan, is an example of underfunding a water system.Greg DiLoreto

Each year in this country there are approximately 240,000 main breaks, losing enough water to fill 9,000 swimming pools. On a smaller scale Oregon City can expect similar losses from a poorly functioning water system.

We cannot live without drinking water, yet we take it for granted.

Clean, safe, reliable drinking water is available at every tap in our homes and businesses, every hour of the day and every day of the year. Without it, businesses will shut down and have a loss of income, workers will not receive wages, and the public will be greatly inconvenienced. So, think about this as you vote. What would your life be like without reliable drinking water to your home? For businesses, what is the financial impact to you if the water system is not functioning?

A fully functioning Oregon City water system is important to our shared region's economic prosperity and quality of life.

Now retired as CEO of the Tualatin Valley Water District, Greg DiLoreto is a registered professional engineer who has served as a chapter president for the American Society of Civil Engineers.

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