Our continued investments in water infrastructure protects current and future water consumers from unintended failures and water interruptions. Our responsible infrastructure planning and management has enabled us to continue to deliver the quality customers expect year after year with minimal rate impacts. Our continued ratepayer focus allows the Water Board to produce nearly four million gallons of safe and reliable drinking water on a daily basis.
The 2011 earthquake in Japan resulted in heightened awareness of potential damage from a large earthquake off the Oregon Coast. In response to increased concern, the Water Board is investigating methods of improving the resiliency of its dams, water storage and distribution infrastructure. The Water Board is following guidelines set in the Oregon Resiliency Plan for seismic sustainability.
The Water Board began increasing the replacement rate of water mains in January of 2008. These mains are generally range from 2-inch to 8-inch in diameter. Most were installed in the 1950's, and internal and external corrosion of the mains causes reduced available service flow and frequent main breaks. Since 2008, the Water Board has replaced several thousand feet of water mains that have met the end of their useful life. The Water Board continues to plan and schedule water main replacement projects in the 2017-2018 annual budget. Click here to view the Water Board’s capital improvement plan for fiscal year 2018.