Water Division

Program Objective

Clackamas RiverTo distribute and maintain Oregon City's potable water supply and to protect public health by closely monitoring the system and complying with all safe drinking water standards. To implement best management practices while performing operations to protect the surrounding environment.


  • Distributes Oregon City's potable water supply
  • Maintains, plans, and improves the water distribution system, including four reservoirs, for reliable domestic water supply and fire fighting capability
  • Protects public health by closely monitoring theWater Department system and complying with all safe drinking water standards

In addition to maintaining the current distribution system, the Water Division helps Engineering Services provide capital improvements that replace substandard or deficient public pipes and equipment and add system capacity or increase level of service to accommodate a growing population. The Water Master Plan and its Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) identifies and prioritizes needs and construction projects that are funded by water utility fees and System Development Charges (SDCs) (collected when building permits are issued).

Single Family Water Rate

System Details

  • 2023-25 biennium water utility budget: $27.1 Million
  • Class 3 Water Distribution System
  • 11,365 active water utility accounts
  • Water source: Clackamas River
  • Treatment plant: South Fork Water Board (SFWB)
  • 18.5 million gallons of reservoir storage
  • 167 miles of water mains
  • 1,529 fire hydrants
  • 5,422 valves
  • 23 pressure-reducing valves
  • Oregon City and West Linn partnership
  • Oregon City wheels water to Clackamas River Water District

Key Facilities

  • SFWB Clackamas River intake
  • SFWB treatment plant
  • Mountain View reservoirs (2) and pump station
  • Boynton, Henrici, Barlow Crest reservoirs
  • Hunter pump station

Key Programs

  • Cross Connection/Backflow Prevention Program
  • Clackamas River Water Provider programs
  • Water quality compliance
  • CIP - Mainline replacement and upgrades program
  • System flushing and valve, hydrant, reservoir, pump station maintenance programs
  • New development oversight
  • Asset management
  • Leak detection program
  • Emergency response