Water Planning Considerations
When considering drinking options for their communities, local governments such as those belonging to WRWC must factor in a multitude of criteria. Most importantly among these criteria is the quality of the drinking water. However, once a determination has been made that water quality meets or exceeds standards as set forth by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, local governments must strive to achieve a balance of many factors, including short-term and long-term costs, diversity of drinking water sources, and the benefits of ownership and control over their community’s drinking water.
Every water provider is responsible for making sure that the water that comes out of the tap meets the applicable quality standards and that its water supply increases to meet demand. To accomplish this, many providers get water from multiple sources, or have plans to do so. Local providers also employ multiple strategies for storing and delivering water to their customers. Water providers need to keep their options open in order to meet growing demand. The WRWC helps members keep their options open by protecting each member's access to an additional source of safe drinking water in the future.
Related documents and links:
- Willamette River Fish
- Willamette Basin Project Conservation Release Season Operating Plan, Water Year 2011