The city of Portland will not have to sink millions of dollars into building a water-treatment plant in the Bull Run watershed.
That’s the result of the Oregon Health Authority’s announcement Tuesday that the city can obtain a variance from treatment rules under the Safe Drinking Water Act.
City water officials have spent years consulting with the federal government, and testing water samples to prove that Portland’s water is free of cryptosporidium micro-organisms.
The ten-year variance does come with conditions. They require the city to continue testing the water, and meeting certain standards.
A hearing on the variance is planned for December 14th.
The decision does not affect what may happen with the city’s open reservoirs.
(This was first reported for opbnews.org)
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