Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Home sweet home

Houses hide Oregon city's underground water supply

This house on SW Hanson Street hides a wellhead and giant water pump. The city of Beaverton keeps a store of water in aquifers on Sexton Mountain, but ugly wells and water pumps aren't welcome in subdivisions, so the city hides them in house facades. WENDY OWENS

Oregonian

The Oregonian

The most expensive house on Southwest Hanson Street in Beaverton, Ore., is also the most modest in the neighborhood. The $1.3 million house, with nicely kept lawn and cedar shakes, is a facade built by the city of Beaverton. It has a giant pump sitting in the living room which pulls water from an underground aquifer to help keep residents hydrated. The facade is so realistic, city workers often find phone books on the porch and pizza coupons stuck to the door.

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Washington senator seeks to advance water plan

Seattle Times

U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., has introduced legislation to push forward a long-term plan to ease water shortages in the Yakima basin, one of the state’s hardest-hit regions during this summer’s drought. The legislation includes sections to expand water storage, help rebuild the Wapato Irrigation District and strengthen efforts to conserve water and restore habitat.

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Idaho irrigators finalize aquifer agreement

Capital Press

Idaho surface and groundwater irrigators have finalized terms of an agreement aiming to reverse declining Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer levels. The agreement, reached on July 1, provides a potential longterm solution to a water call filed a decade ago by irrigation companies with the Surface Water Coalition against junior well irrigators with Idaho Ground Water Appropriators, Inc.

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