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DHS news release

February 27, 2006

Contact: Jim Sellers (503) 945-5738
Program contact: Dave Leland, DHS (971) 673-0415


Media Briefing: Safe drinking water loan fund tops $100 million benchmark as Woodburn completes major water-treatment project


What: The City of Woodburn has completed a $4 million project to bring its water treatment plants into compliance with federal drinking water standards. It was funded through the Safe Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund, which has lent more than $100 million to 68 Oregon water systems, leveraging federal dollars for health and economic benefit.

When: Wednesday, March 1, at 10 a.m.

Where: City of Woodburn Water Treatment Plant No. 3, 1084 Country Club Road.

Who: State and local officials including:

  • Susan Allan, M.D., J.D., M.P.H., State Public Health Director, Oregon Dept. of Human Services;
  • Kathy Figley, Mayor, City of Woodburn;
  • Senator Peter Courtney and Representative Betty Komp.

Details: Following brief remarks by officials, there will be a tour of the water plant. The City of Woodburn water system improvement project includes construction of three water treatment plants, three new municipal water supply wells and water transmission lines.

Media opportunities: Tour and film at the plant, interview officials and talk with those involved in the loan program and the planning, design and building of plant improvements.