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Salmon Valley Water awaits PUC decision on sale to PDX co. posted on 04/01/2018

The Salmon Valley Water Company is being sold to Northwest Natural Gas Company’s wholly owned subsidiary NW Natural Water Company, of Portland, according to a customer notice published March 5, 2018.

The companies entered into the transaction Dec. 18, 2017, and the transaction will close and the sale will be effective following regulatory approval by the Public Utility Commission of Oregon, no sooner than 60 days from the date of this notice (May 5, 2018).

Salmon Valley is selling to NW Natural Water as the owner believes it is in the best interest of the community, its customers and its stockholder.

“The entire company will be sold … and will continue to exist as Salmon Valley after the sale, with the same employees, billing platform, and customer service representatives,” it was written in the customer notice release. “NW Natural Water and Salmon Valley expect that the transaction will be seamless, and customers will not be harmed by the transaction.”

Salmon Valley’s district north border is the Salmon River east of Farragut St. and just north of Hwy. 26 west of Farragut. The eastern border is Mt. Hood National Forest boundary to Salmon River Road and the “Y” of Welches Road. The southern border is the Salmon River and the approximate western border is the west side of Arrah Wanna Blvd.

At present, water provided by Salmon Valley (SVWC) is only subject to two forms of treatment:

AquaMag which is a blended phosphate solution that is added to the water to keep any iron in the water in solution. This helps to prevent scaling in the pipes of both the customers and SVWC. AquaMag is only added to the system during the summer months when SVWC has to bring its fourth well into production to meet summer demands. That well (Routledge Road well) has an iron concentration of up to 2.2 parts per million, and

sodium based bleach when repairs are made to the water system to ensure that nothing enters the system during the repairs. The bleach is added to sanitize the system.

For more information about the filing or to follow the regulatory process of the commission’s review check the commission’s website at www.puc.state.or.us.

Salmon Valley Water Company contact information is Attn: Michael Bowman, PO Box 205, Welches 97067, 505-622-4083 or email thesvwco@frontier.com.

NW Natural Gas contact information: Melissa Moore, 220 NW Second Avenue, Portland 97209, 503-226-4211, or email Melissa.Moore@nwnatural.com.

By Larry Berteau/MT

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