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Water is valuable. We treat it that way.

The production of clean water is the one of biggest lifesavers in human history, as millions of lives are saved every year by preventing the spread of deadly diseases that come from dirty water. Thanks to advances in producing clean water over the last 100 years, life expectancy in the United States has almost doubled. Producing clean water and protecting water quality are at the heart of everything Water Environment Services does.

The toilets, sewer systems and wastewater treatment plants we all use every day protect the health of our community. We are dedicated to making sure these vital services are working for you every day of the year.

We are proud to be honored as a “Utility of the Future Today” by the National Association of Clean Water Agencies. This recognition accurately reflects our commitment to innovation, resiliency and resource recovery.

We value you as a customer, and we are dedicated to providing dependable and affordable services for you.

Surface Water

Surface Water Management provides water quality protection for the community by implementing programs to reduce pollution in our rivers, streams and wetlands caused by urban stormwater runoff.

Stormwater runoff is the most significant source of water pollution in our state. It washes pollutants into storm drains and drainage ditches, carrying silt, oil, chemicals, trash and pesticides to the nearest creek, stream or wetland. The polluted runoff can harm fish, aquatic life, and threaten our drinking water. Through watershed protection and planning, we are taking a long-term approach to protecting the health of our water resources.

Sanitary Sewer

Water Environment Services operates and maintains five wastewater treatment facilities, 23 wastewater pumping stations and more than 340 miles of sewer pipes. Our treatment facilities clean more than 7 billion gallons of wastewater each year and release it into the Willamette River while also producing energy and natural fertilizer.

We are dedicated to making sure that we have the best technology and equipment to meet the needs of a population that has doubled since 1986, and continues to grow.

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WES Projects

WES protects watershed health and water quality in communities within northern Clackamas County. WES plans to upgrade several stormwater systems in the community.

Owned by WES since 1998, the bridge is scheduled for much-needed upgrades that began in 2018.

The Capital Improvement Program (CIP) plans, designs and builds major capital facilities in the areas WES serves, so that operating divisions can serve our customers' wastewater and surface water needs.

The Carli Creek project is a 15-acre water quality facility along the Clackamas River. This project reduces surface water pollutants originating from the surrounding industrial area.

This process will result in a Master Plan for the Hoodland service area that outlines preferred investments for the next twenty years.

Built in in 1974, the Kellogg facility is undergoing a major refurbishment and rehabilitation project that is scheduled for completion in 2020.

OnSanitary sewer system improvements in the North Clackamas Revitalization Area.

Clackamas County Water Environment Services (WES) provides dependable and affordable state-of-the-art wastewater treatment services for more than 165,000 customers.

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Portrait of Greg Geist
Greg Geist
Director of Water Environment Services

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