Portland's $100 million water treatment plant isn't necessary
Portland has enjoyed over a century of clean, safe drinking water piped directly from the Bull Run Reservoir. The recent EPA Surface Water Treatment Rule is a blanket regulation covering over 14,000 separate water systems nationwide aimed at stamping out a bacteria, Cryptosporidium. However scientists in Oregon worked with the EPA to develop the most rigorous testing for the bacteria in the nation and in over 750 separate samples over the past 12 months didn’t find any Cryptosporidium. Portland’s water already receives minimal treatment to remove any bacterial threats. The current regulation would be overkill, forcing the city to spend money while we’ll end up footing the bill.
Portland’s $100 million water treatment plant isn’t necessary, I want my city and state leaders to talk to the EPA and sink wasteful spending before we’re all washed up.