Water Quality & Water Resources

Children with plastic cups drinking water in summer in the park

Water is necessary to all living things. It makes up approximately 70% of the human body's weight and plays a role in its functions, such as digestion and cooling. Fresh water is one of our most vital resources. Public water systems are relied upon to treat and distribute clean water each day to our homes, schools and businesses. Much of that water comes from rivers, lakes and other surface water sources. Before it is delivered to our homes it is treated to remove chemicals, particulates and potentially harmful bacteria. This clean, potable water is then used for cooking, drinking, cleaning, bathing, and other domestic uses.

Clackamas River Water is committed to providing our customers with high quality, safe drinking water by first ensuring that the water we deliver to you meets or surpasses federal Safe Drinking Water Act standards, and secondly, by providing you with the most reliable service possible.


The Water Quality Department maintains a vigorous monitoring program dedicated to providing safe, high quality drinking water to our customers. In one year our highly experienced staff collects over 900 samples from our distribution system and the Clackamas River, generating over 5,000 individual pieces of data, and ensuring that our customers receive water that not only meets state and federal regulatory requirements, but is unsurpassed in taste and quality.

If you have any questions about the quality of your drinking water, please call our Water Quality staff at 503-793-3685.