To 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 the 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).
- 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
- SFWB Clackamas River intake
- SFWB treatment plant
- Mountain View reservoirs (2) and pump station
- Boynton, Henrici, Barlow Crest reservoirs
- Hunter pump station
- 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
As areas are annexed into the city and developed to city-planned and zoned land-uses, water service is transferred to the city and the area is withdrawn from the Clackamas River Water District (CRWD).
At any given time, the City of Oregon City has multiple capital construction projects underway.
This program is one important component of Oregon City Water Division's "Multiple Barrier Approach," used to prevent contamination of drinking water from source to tap.
Follow the Water is the work of the Clean Rivers Coalition, a voluntary collaborative partnership of over 60 water organizations in Oregon and Southwest Washington, including the City of Oregon City.
Did you know that the City of Oregon City is required to sample for Lead and Copper in our water distribution system every 3 years?
Oregon City Public Works is committed to providing public education and outreach activities that help Oregon City residents understand where their drinking water comes from, make informed choices about their drinking water, understand how everyday activities can affect water quality, and make informed choices about improving water quality.
Through a State Drinking Water Source Protection grant received by the Clackamas River Water Providers (CRWP) we have been working with our recreation partners on the development of the online/mobile and interactive Clackamas Water Trail website.
Find the most recent Source Water Assessments.
Oregon City's Water Distribution System Master Plan (Water Master Plan) was adopted in February, 2012, and is now available online.
Oregon City continues its commitment to protect public health, protect public safety, and protect the environment.
Over the past year, we have highlighted our water system and its challenges including repairs, upgrades and replacements of its aging system; and the benefits of “right sizing” and expanding the system to improve resiliency in the system and meet growing demands.
In the event of an active drinking water advisory, this regional tool will provide you with a summary of the drinking water advisory, and then link you to the affected water provider's website for additional information.