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Site restoration completed around Waluga reservoirs; Meals on Wheels reimburses City for funding; 2017 City water quality report now available

PHOTO COURTESY OF UNIQUE PERSPECTIVES AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY - With a new roof in place, the Waluga 1 reservoir is back online and working in tandem with the Waluga 2 reservoir to provide drinking water to Lake Oswego and Tigard.

Site restoration completed around Waluga reservoirs

Crews have completed work on the Lake Oswego-Tigard Water Partnership's Waluga 1 Reservoir site, and the pathways around the site have now reopened.

The 4-million-gallon reservoir, which is the older of two reservoirs located on Carman Drive near Kruse Way, has been in use since the 1980s. Its counterpart, Waluga 2, was brought online in 2015, giving Partnership staff the opportunity to drain Waluga 1 and check on its condition.

The inspections found Waluga 1's overall structure to be in good shape, but they also revealed that the roof was in need of immediate replacement. The project to install a new roof began last fall and continued through the winter, and a handful of pedestrian trails through the site were closed during construction.

The roof was completed in late April, and last month, officials began cleaning and testing the reservoir and working to restore the site. Both reservoirs are now working in tandem, and their combined capacity is being used to supply water to both Lake Oswego and Tigard.

Meals on Wheels reimburses City for funding

Representatives of the Lake Oswego Meals on Wheels Advisory Board presented a check for $68,000 to the City last week as full reimbursement for the up-front funding of its programs in 2016.

Lake Oswego is one of only a few cities to have its own Meals on Wheels program, which the City funds in advance each year. The all-volunteer Advisory Board then holds a variety of fundraisers throughout the year to repay the money.

Meals on Wheels spokesman Jim Coari says the nonprofit plays a key role in Lake Oswego, serving more than 16,000 meals annually to elderly, disabled and homebound residents. Because costs are increasing regularly and no resident is denied service due to an inability to pay, he says, Lake Oswego Meals on Wheels relies heavily on donations to keep the highly successful program thriving.

Donations to Lake Oswego Meals on Wheels can be made securely online at http://www.lakeoswegomealsonwheels.org/donate, or by sending a check to LOMOW, 505 G Ave., Lake Oswego, OR 97034.

2017 City water quality report now available

Lake Oswego's 2017 Drinking Water Quality Report is now available and can be viewed online at http://www.lakeoswego.city/2017-water-report.

Officials say the report, which is based on data collected during 2016, shows that the city's water is clean and safe. The completion of the LO-Tigard Water Partnership also means the treatment plant in West Linn has a new Ozone treatment process, which City officials say will remove compounds that cause bad odor and taste in the water.

The City recently mailed out notification postcards with the link to the report, and some residents who initially tried to view the report may have found that the link did not work. According to City staff, the postcards arrived slightly earlier than intended, but the document is now online and the link is active.

— The Review

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