Water Environment Services (WES) in Clackamas County recently updated HBA on the progress of their service districts partnership and other updates they’re making to their services in order to accommodate for the expected growth of the region. Read the letter from WES Director Greg Geist here.
I hope 2017 is off to a healthy and productive start for you all.
I want to express my gratitude to you for your support in late 2016 which helped ensure that Water Environment Services (WES) remains a strong steward of public health, the environment, and ratepayer dollars.
With support from the business community, the Board of County Commissioners unanimously formalized the long-running partnership involving our two largest service districts, Clackamas County Service District No. 1 and the Tri-City Service District. As a result, the newly-formed Water Environment Services Partnership will provide long-term stability for wastewater collection and treatment services in our region. The WES Partnership serves 165,000 customers in Clackamas County and treats over 6 billion gallons of sewage annually.
I also appreciate your support of our plan to address the issue of solids handling capacity with the construction of an additional digester at our Tri-City facility. The WES engineering team determined that only one digester, instead of two as originally believed, is needed to handle our region’s growth through 2030. Determining that only one digester is required along with a rigorous value engineering process reduced initial estimates for the project from $56.4 million to $37.5 million. This amounts to a little over $1 per month per household. WES is now proceeding on to the detailed design and construction phases of the project, which should be completed in 2020.
During the 18-month-long transition period to the partnership WES will seek input from the business community, ratepayers, and other stakeholders as we weigh options for any possible changes, such as the role and structure of advisory boards. I will keep you, ratepayers, and stakeholders actively apprised of any developments affecting customers in our service areas.
Again, I express my gratitude for your support of the WES Partnership and the solids handling capacity improvement project. Working together, we have ensured that the communities and businesses we serve will receive the vital services they need at low rates. Thanks to your support, WES begins 2017 with an even stronger capacity to protect public health, the environment, and support economic growth in Clackamas County.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at your convenience.