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Lake Oswego, Tigard join forces to Beat the Peak

by: SUBMITTED GRAPHIC Customers in Lake Oswego and the Tigard Water Service Area are asked to help “Beat the Peak” by keeping each community’s daily water demand under 12 million gallons.

Tigard and Lake Oswego officials want to cut daily water use this summer through a voluntary water conservation campaign sponsored by the Lake Oswego Tigard Water Partnership. The joint 'Beat the Peak' campaign kicked off June 1.

Tigard and Lake Oswego are partnering to share drinking water from the Clackamas River starting in a few years. To help preserve the river for wildlife and people and help water customers save money, both communities are joining forces to make water conservation a way of life. Summer water demand can be three to four times higher than the average winter use of 4 million gallons per day in each community. Customers in Lake Oswego and the Tigard Water Service Area are asked to help 'Beat the Peak' by keeping each community's daily water demand under 12 million gallons.

'For Lake Oswego, 12 million gallons of water per day is a level where the system can reliably provide water, even with a pump out of service,' says Kari Duncan, Lake Oswego's water treatment manager. During really hot summer days, running the water treatment plant and pump stations around the clock puts an enormous strain on our aging water system,' explains Duncan.

'In Tigard, we currently receive most of our water through a contract with the city of Portland. On hot summer days when demand peaks, this contract water only provides half of our daily demand. Tigard relies on stored water and surplus water from other agencies to make up the difference,' says Tigard Public Works Director Dennis Koellermeier. 'Keeping water use under 12 million gallons per day ensures that our system can reliably provide water to meet our customers' needs.'

The main reason for summer spikes in water use is lawn watering. Officials in both cities said that numerous homeowners over-water their lawns and gardens. Experts advise that lawns need only one inch of water per week to stay healthy and green.

To help customers 'Beat the Peak' and save money, both cities offer free summer water conservation tools. Information can be found on the Lake Oswego Tigard Water Partnership website at www.lotigardwater.org/.

Customers in both communities can track 'Beat the Peak' campaign success by:

* Visiting the partnership website, lotigardwater.org;

* Checking out the Lake Oswego Review and Tigard Times which are published every Thursday. First posting will be this week's paper.

* On signs posted in Lake Oswego at the West End Building in on Kruse Way or on State Street between E Avenue and Terwilliger Boulevard and in Tigard at the Tigard Public Works Building.

To learn more about ''Beat the Peak' or the Lake Oswego Tigard Water Partnership, visit www.lotigardwater.org/.