Energy Costs and Portland Water Supply System

by William M. Elliott, (M.ASCE), Water Utility Engr.; Bureau of Water Works, 1800 S.W. Sixth Ave., Portland, Oreg. 97201,
Randy P. Hawley, (A.M.ASCE), Engr. III; Bureau of Water Works, 1800 S.W. Sixth Ave., Portland, Oreg. 97201,


Serial Information: Journal of the Water Resources Planning and Management Division, 1981, Vol. 107, Issue 2, Pg. 365-374


Document Type: Journal Paper

Abstract: The changing role of electrical energy on the Portland, Oregon, municipal water supply system is presented. Portland's actions in energy conservation include improved operating procedures, pump modifications and modifications to the water system to eliminate pumping. Portland is implementing a small hydroelectric project at existing water supply dams to produce an additional source of power for the area. Special precautions in construction and operation are necessary to protect the high quality of the water supply.

Subject Headings: Water supply systems | Hydro power | Power supply | Water conservation | Water quality | Municipal water | Electric power | Pumps | Oregon

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