Congratulations to our friends at Rhododendron Water Association and the fortunate residents of the association, whose drinking water was rated #1 in the state of Oregon (see story from the Mountain Times).
The Association draws water from Big Henry Creek, a protected tributary of the Zigzag River within the upper Sandy basin. An intensive, customer-funded line replacement program has dramatically reduced leakage from the system, adding efficiency and reducing the system’s impact on a pristine water source.
A state-of-the-art filtration system works alongside a vintage wooden storage tank to bring great tasting water to a mountain neighborhood. Rhododendron Water Association operates under a special use permit from the US Forest Service. The Association is one of 100 drinking water systems operating in the Mt. Hood corridor, within the middle and upper Sandy basin, ranging from individual homes to neighborhood associations and Timberline Lodge.
Including the Portland Water Bureau and partners drawing drinking water from Bull Run, about a third of Oregonians get their water from the Sandy River Basin.