Utility Commission Initiates Public Outreach:
The City of Hillsboro Utilities Commission has identified the mid-Willamette as the preferred additional water source for the next generation of Hillsboro residents. For two years, Hillsboro Water (HW) has studied possible alternatives for a long-term supply that will be ready to serve customers around 2026, and the mid-Willamette option best matched the values identified by Hillsboro customers and commissioners as most important to the HIllsboro community. However, before designating the mid-Willamette as the preferred alternative, the Utilities Commission is initiating a public outreach process to encourage a community conversation about water supply in Hillsboro.
As part of the outreach process, HW will offer water supply workshops for the general public. The 90-minute workshops will offer an interactive session for community members to learn about the Hillsboro water supply vision and share thoughts on current and future water sources. The sessions will include electronic polling, as well as roundtable discussions.
Workshop Dates and Locations
**Food and drinks will be provided, along with childcare (ages 2-12, no infants) for workshop-attending families**
Workshop offered in English and Spanish
Lincoln Street Elementary, 801 NE Lincoln Street, Library, 6:00 7:30 p.m.
Main Library Workshop, 2850 NE Brookwood Pkwy., Community Room, 6:00 7:30 pm
A public hearing will also be held for those who prefer to provide input directly to the Utilities Commission.
Public Hearing, Civic Center, 150 E. Main Street,Room 113B, 7:00 pm
In addition to these general public outreach efforts, HW staff will also be meeting with the Chamber or Commerce, the Rotary Club, the Youth Action Committee, the Industrial Users Group, the Top 25 Users Group, the Vision 2020 Committee and a local Parents' Group.
If you know of a group that would like to learn more about Hillsboro's future water supply, please call (503) 615-6702 and we will work with you to set up a presentation. Presentations usually range from 30 minutes to a full hour, but we are happy to fit into your schedule.
If you are unable to attend an outreach event, but would still like to comment on the process or preliminary designation, please click here to be linked to an online comment form.