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City of Sandy moves to tap Bull Run reservoir

Consultants designing project which will be finished by 2013

The city of Sandy is moving toward the day, at least by the fall of 2013, when Bull Run water will flow in Sandy pipes.

In a project that Sandy and the city of Portland reached agreement on nin the fall 2008, the city committed itself, within five years, to buy a minimum of 500,000 gallons, up to 3 million gallons, of Bull Run water each day - beginning no later than the fall 2013.

Bull Run water is needed to supplement the city's main sources from Alder Creek and Brownell Springs.

This additional source is necessary because a Water Conservation and Management Plan pointed to Sandy's inadequacy (without Bull Run) to supply the water needs of its population during the next 25 years.

The city is now going into the one of the design phases of this project, with engineering consultants Curran-McLeod promising to bring to the council, during a workshop, a number of choices and advice on feasibility.

The project is expected to bring water from a connection with the Bull Run pipeline near Lusted and Hudson roads through about five miles of new pipeline to a reservoir in Sandy.

The route for the pipe, in this scenario, will travel from the Bull Run pipe line and pump station along an undetermined route to a city reservoir. Engineers will look for a way to avoid the curves and steep hills along Hudson Road.

Among the choices up for consideration is the location and style of the city reservoir. At Monday night's council meeting, some talked briefly about burying the reservoir under the parking lot near Cedar Ridge Middle School. Apparently that location is at the ideal elevation of 970 feet.

But they were quickly reminded the location is only a choice to consider along with others, and no one has yet asked anyone from the Oregon Trail School District it they want to change the existing dirt and gravel lot into a paved lot, with a water tank under it.

The project requires a booster pumping station at Hudson Road and a transfer pumping station at the city reservoir to deliver water to the Vista Loop reservoirs and all parts of the city.

The project's total estimated cost is about $9.6 million, which would come from revenue bonds, paid back over time through water-user fees.

Consulting Engineer Curt McLeod was present at Monday night's council meeting to answer questions. He promised to return in a couple of months, as soon as his firm had formulated options for the project's design.

The project is expected to employ the equivalent of about 25 construction workers for a year.

The council voted unanimously to direct the city manager to sign the agreement with Curran-McLeod for preliminary engineering and design for the project as well as pipeline design. The phase of the project covered by the agreement is listed in the project's budget at a cost of $244,000.

For more information, call Walker at 503-489-2162.