In addition to using water to brush teeth, flush toilets, take showers, washing and cooking food, public drinking water also provides us with the following benefits:
Protecting Public Health
The first obligation of the Clackamas River Water Providers members is to provide water that is safe for consumption. In a world where 3 million people die each year from preventable water born diseases, our water systems allow you to drink from any public tap with a high assurance of safety.
A safe water supply is critical to protecting our public’s health.
Our community water supplies are tested every day. Tap water undergoes far more frequent testing than bottled water. Clackamas River Water Providers members monitor for more than 100 contaminants and must meet close to 90 regulations for water safety and quality. The water standards that we must meet are among the world’s most stringent. Without our modern water systems, diseases such as cholera and dysentery would be part of everyday life.
Supporting Our Economy
A safe, reliable water supply is central to the economic success of our communities. Public drinking water is critical to the day-to-day operations of businesses in Clackamas County, and to the viability of new commercial enterprises or residential developments. Businesses take into consideration the availability and quality of water when determining where to locate their offices or manufacturing facilities. A scarcity of water resources can hold up developments – commercial or residential – placing a strain on our local economies.
Quality of Life
Here in Clackamas County tap water is more than a convenience; it is central to our everyday lives. Any measure of a successful society is in some way related to the access of clean safe water. Otherwise… How would we shower or flush our toilets? How would we rinse our produce, clean dishes, wash clothes, water plants and landscapes, or wash our cars?
Well-maintained water systems are critical in protecting our communities from the threat of fire. In our communities, water flowing to fire hydrants and home faucets comes from the same system of water mains, pumps and storage tanks. A water system that provides reliable water at a high pressure and volume can be the difference between a manageable fire and an urban inferno. Firefighters are the primary users of fire hydrants, but your public water provider is responsible for maintaining the hydrants. Hydrant maintenance is supported by the money generated through your water bills.
When you consider the critical needs addressed by water service, public drinking water will always be a tremendous value. In fact, it will be a bargain. You simply cannot put a price on a service that delivers public health, quality of life, fire protection, and economic development. To download this information click here.