Joint Water Commission (JWC) Purpose
The Joint Water Commission (JWC) is the primary drinking water supplier in Washington County, Oregon, and is responsible for treating, transmitting and storing potable water for over 250,000 customers. Four agencies share ownership in the JWC – the cities of Hillsboro, Forest Grove, Beaverton and the Tualatin Valley Water District. The JWC also wholesales water to the City of North Plains.
The JWC is run by a Board of 12 Commissioners (three Commissioners from each member agency) who are appointed by their respective agencies to serve. The Commission meets four times per year to approve the budget, hear project updates and make any major decisions regarding JWC operations.
Three Committees oversee day-to-day JWC operations.
The Management Committee deliberates on policy matters and resource planning.
The Operations Committee provides technical expertise for plant production, transmission, and storage.
The Events and Education Committee oversee public participation, education and outreach efforts in water science and conservation.
The City of Hillsboro, as founder of the Joint Water Commission, also serves as its Managing Agency. The Finance Department handles all fiscal affairs and Hillsboro Water Staff provides the majority of project management and oversight.
Kevin Hanway is the Water Department Manager for City of Hillsboro and has served as the General Manager of the JWC since January 2008.
The JWC Water Treatment Plant (WTP) and facilities are operated and maintained by 17 full-time employees. There are ten certified operators, five of which are Level IV – the highest level of certification in the State of Oregon.