Oregon Health Authority’s Drinking Water Services (DWS) administers and enforces drinking water quality standards for public water systems in the state. The Drinking Water Advisory Committee (DWAC) was created in 2007 “to advise and assist Drinking Water Services on policies related to the protection, safety and regulation of public drinking water in Oregon.” More than 85% of Oregon residents obtains their drinking water from community water systems.
The Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board created a 100-Year Water Vision with the goal of caring for “our water to ensure we have enough clean water for our people, our economy, and our environment, now and for future generations.” A guiding principle of the vision is “Improvements to our infrastructure and ecosystems come with costs. We will ensure that those costs are not disproportionately borne by those who can least afford it.” Input on the vision was garnered through interviews, community forums, technical workshops, and public comment periods.
In December 2017, the Water Resources Commission adopted Oregon’s Integrated Water Resources Strategy, a framework for better understanding and meeting instream and out-of-stream water needs, including water quantity, water quality, and ecosystem needs. It offers recommendations in 13 different issue areas to address these challenges, including clean drinking water recommendation (i.e.: regular testing in drinking wells). The IWRS recommendations overlap with the 100-Year Water Vision.