Commissioners formalize partnership of county's largest wastewater service districts

From: Edward Nieto, Water Environment Services, 503-742-4561

Media and Interested Parties

The Clackamas County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a proposal to formalize the long-running partnership of the Tri-City Service District and Clackamas County Service District No. 1 in order to provide long-term certainty and stability for the more than 165,000 customers in both districts.

"This new agreement solidifies a partnership that has thrived for many years and saved millions of dollars for ratepayers by sharing equipment, resources, and staff, which helps keep rates low," said County Chair John Ludlow, who also served as county liaison to the service districts.

The commissioners were convened as the governing body of both districts when approving the intergovernmental partnership agreement that creates a new municipal entity to be named "Water Environment Services" which is the current name of the county department that has managed and operated both districts for 35 years.

The board will serve as the governing body of the new Water Environment Services partnership. The two districts do not dissolve but rather shift into supportive roles.

The partnership is created under Oregon Revised Statute Chapter 190. Prior to its creation, TCSD was comprised of the cities of Gladstone, Oregon City and West Linn. CCSD#1 served Happy Valley, Johnson City, Milwaukie, and unincorporated Clackamas County, in addition to Boring, Fischer's Forest Park, and Hoodland.

"This agreement propels our region forward in a long-term partnership that will protect public health, the environment and the economic vitality of our region for decades to come," said Water Environment Services Director Greg Geist.

For the last two decades, the two districts have been financially and operationally intertwined and together clean more than six billion gallons of wastewater every year. The new partnership provides:

  • Long-term certainty and stability for ratepayers
  • Support for progress on the solids handling capacity improvement project
  • Certainty to continue to sharing resources, facilities and staff for the benefit of ratepayers
  • Substantial long-term savings for ratepayers
  • A path for a streamlined, consolidated approach to regulatory compliance

For more information, members of the media and public may contact Community Relations Specialist Edward Nieto at 503-742-4561 or 971-284-7094 (cell).