Valley Water District:
On July 6,
2000 the City of Wilsonville signed an agreement conveying a
49% interest in the existing land and future development and ownership of about
70% of the Willamette river
water treatment plant to the Tualatin Valley Water District.
July 18, 2000 Citizens for Safe Water filed an Initiative Petition with the
Washington County Elections Division. If 7339 valid signatures are
gathered within the Tualatin Valley Water District an election will be held to ask voters in the water district if a new
ordinance should be added to the TVWD governing ordinances which will require
the District to hold an election before the District can use treated Willamette
River water as a drinking water source. We need help in gathering these
call us at 503-590-2818 if you can help us get some signatures. If you can just get one
signature sheet (20 signatures) filled, it will be a big help.
Tigard: As a result of this, the Tigard City Charter
was changed to require a future majority vote of the people before Willamette river
water can be used as a drinking water source. At this time we are helping
Wilsonville, Tualatin Valley Water District, Sherwood and Tualatin in their
battles against Willamette river water. Call us at 503-590-2818, fax
503-590-0425, email email@example.com.
21, 1999 Tigard Citizens for Safe Water's Initiative Petition passed by 84%.
On Sept. 21, 1999 Wilsonville Citizens
for Safe Water's Initiative Petition also passed, and the Wilsonville city charter has
been changed to require a future vote of the people before the Willamette can be used
as a drinking water source.
However the city is challenging the
citizen's measure, saying that the city's revenue bond funding measure (which also passed
on Sept. 21) takes the place of the future vote required by the citizen's measure.
Wilsonville Citizens for Safe Water filed a lawsuit against the City to get
a court interpretation on whether the citizens should get a vote on the
Willamette water source. We are seeking contributions to fund these legal costs. Please call us at
The City began construction of the plant in July 2000, with
an estimated completion date of Apr. 2002.
On July 28, 2000, Tualatin Citizens for Safe Water filed an Initiative Petition
in the City of Tualatin. If approximately 1500 valid signatures are
gathered, an election will be held to determine if a new section should be added
to the Tualatin City Charter which would require a future vote of the people
before Willamette river water can be used as a drinking water source.
Please call us at 503-691-8464 if you can help gather signatures or make a
We need help in getting these signatures. Please
call us at 503-625-7149 if you can help us get some signatures.
On July 24, 2000,
Citizens for Safe Water filed an Initiative petition in the City of
Sherwood. If 935 valid signatures are gathered, an election will be held
to determine if a new section should be added to the Sherwood City Charter which
would require a future vote of the people before Willamette River water can be
used as a drinking water source. Sherwood residents are concerned that the
City signed an agreement with the Tualatin Valley Water District to manage their
water system. The contract also allows Sherwood to merge with and become
part of the TVWD by mutual agreement. TVWD recently acquired a 49% interest in the Willamette treatment
plant, and signed an agreement with Wilsonville which will eventually give TVWD
controlling interest in the plant, and the right to sell their share of the
plant to outside interests.
All of our members are volunteers. You can
make a tax deductible contribution to the Tigard, Wilsonville or Tualatin chapters of Citizens
for Safe Water to help us with our expenses (printing, mailing, advertising, legal, etc.)
Please call one of the above phone numbers, or mail your contribution to: CFSW,
P.O. Box 23954, Tigard, Or. 97281. If the donation is for $50 or more,
tell us your occupation. The first $50 per person or $100 per couple qualifies as a tax
credit, which can be deducted dollar for dollar from your tax bill (as opposed to a tax
deduction). Thus you will get the donation back at the end of the year in tax savings.