South Fork Water Board



The purpose of the Board is to operate, manage, maintain, and control the water supply and distribution system to provide a domestic water supply to the cities of Oregon City and West Linn and to its contractual surplus water purchasers.

South Fork treats water from the lower Clackamas River to produce a high-quality, soft water for domestic and industrial purposes for approximately 54,000 people in both Cities. In addition to selling water to Oregon City and West Linn, South Fork has one wholesale customers, Clackamas River Water to serve CRW-South (or the old Clairmont Water District), providing water to a total of approximately 63,000 people in Clackamas County.

The region's water needs are constantly changing: population growth, cities' configurations change, and ever-tightening State and Federal water quality standards must be met. But South Fork stays alert and flexible. Its long history of success allows it to face the future with confidence, secure in its ability to meet the challenges that lie ahead.

South Fork holds Board meetings on the second Thursday of each month at 6 pm they are open to the public and are held at the South Fork Water Board water treatment plant,15962 S Hunter Avenue, Oregon City, Oregon, Phone: 503-657-5030.


The membership of the Board shall consist of the Mayor of Oregon City and two members of the City Commission of Oregon City, and the Mayor of West Linn and two members of the West Linn City Council. Each new member shall be appointed for a term of two years, and shall serve until the expiration of their term of office and the appointment of their successor. The Board may appoint a General Manager and Advisory Committee. The Advisory Committee shall be comprised of the General Manager and the City Managers of each city, or their designees. The Advisory Committee shall meet as often as is necessary, and shall review the activities, policies, operation, personnel and fiscal affairs of the board, and make appropriate recommendations to the Board. An Intergovernmental Agreement was entered into by each city. The City of West Linn adopted Resolution Number 96-24 and signed the agreement on July 22, 1996. The City of Oregon City adopted Resolution Number 96-32 and signed the agreement on August 21, 1996. Since that time, both cities and South Fork felt it more prudent to adopt the IGA by ordinance to provide the best basis for financing improvements. Therefore, on the November 6, 1996 City Commission agenda for Oregon City was Ordinance Number 96-1024 (PDF), which contained the same agreement as adopted on August 21, 1996.