A small crowd of city government officials, Lake Oswego-Tigard Water Partnership staff and neighbors gathered at the foot of the new Waluga 2 Reservoir on Friday for a ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony.
“These days, it takes a village to get a large public works project off the ground and delivered,” Project Director Joel Komarek said, “and we certainly had a village that was involved in the structure you see behind me.”
Komarek thanked Ward-Henshaw Construction, Landis & Landis Construction, the designers at Black & Veatch and GreenWorks Landscape Architecture, as well as City Council members and neighbors who live near the reservoir site at 4900 Carman Drive.
The $254 million Water Partnership project is designed to upgrade and increase system capacity to deliver drinking water from the Clackamas River to Lake Oswego and Tigard. The new reservoir increases water-storage capacity by 3.5 million gallons to fulfill projected demands in both Lake Oswego and Tigard, although most of the water stored at Waluga 2 will supply Lake Oswego.
The structure was built to the highest standards of seismic code design — on the same level as hospitals and designated emergency structures — and the reservoir was recently painted a subdued shade of forest green to blend in with the surrounding forest.
Lake Oswego Mayor Kent Studebaker said he was pleased to see the “physical manifestation” of the Lake Oswego-Tigard Water Partnership. “It’s really impressive,” he said. “We and you have worked very hard to endure all the inconveniences that have come with this.”
Tigard Mayor John Cook called Tigard “a welcome partner to Lake Oswego.”
“Tigard has always been a renter, and for the first time in history here we'll be an owner, of water,” Cook said. “Our citizens today are paying that bill, they're paying for the future. Our water supply just from this partnership will last us at least 35 years into the future.”