Friday - October 13, 2017

Partnership Celebrates Water Project Completion

On Thursday, October 12, the Lake Oswego Tigard Water Partnership commemorated completion of the $254 million Lake Oswego Tigard Water Partnership Project, a new seismically resilient water system for both communities and the largest public works project both cities have ever undertaken.

More than 100 former and current program staff, elected officials, contractors, consultants, regional water providers and city staff, gathered to commemorate the achievement of building a new, reliable water system and securing water for Lake Oswego and Tigard’s future.

Tigard Mayor John Cook opened the project celebration by welcoming attendees, and outlined some of the key benefits of the new system, most notably the state-of-the-art water treatment plant which produces high-quality drinking water from the Clackamas River.

Lake Oswego Mayor Kent Studebaker thanked Lake Oswego and Tigard customers for their role in developing and investing in their new water system, which is the most seismically resilient system in all of Oregon.

Partnership Director, Joel Komarek thanked the dedicated team who helped make the program a success, including the work, support, and cooperation of elected officials and the collaborative efforts of city staff, contractors and the consultant/project team.

The official ceremony ended with a fantastic group toast to Lake Oswego and Tigard’s drinking water future!

The cities of Tigard and Lake Oswego joined together in 2008 to share the costs of upgrading Lake Oswego’s water infrastructure and to provide high-quality drinking water year round to both communities. The project involved upgrading and constructing five major facilities across four cities: a new river intake pump station on the Clackamas River in Gladstone, a water treatment plant in West Linn, a new 3.5 million gallon reservoir in Lake Oswego, a pump station in Tigard and more than 10 miles of large diameter pipeline serving as the backbone to the new water system. Construction commenced in spring 2013 and was completed in summer 2017. The new system has been serving Clackamas River water to both Lake Oswego and Tigard communities since 2016.