Departments

Our Clean Water Services team is dedicated to serving over 600,000 customers in the Tualatin River Watershed.

As the region’s water resources management utility, everything we do at Clean Water Services aims to protect public health, while enhancing the natural environment.

Learn more about our departments below or see our Organizational Chart (PDF, 964KB).

Business Services

About Business Services

The Business Services Department is composed of the administrative programs that support Clean Water Services operations and services provided to customers.

Office of the Chief Executive Officer

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is responsible for ensuring implementation of the policy direction provided by the Board of Directors and for consideration of advisory input from the Clean Water Services Advisory Commission. The CEO is also responsible for overall management of District operations, intergovernmental coordination with co-implementer cities, Washington County and other jurisdictions, as well as administration of Integrated Planning and Performance Excellence.

Business Strategy & Performance Management

This program monitors and manages the District-wide strategic initiatives and goal sharing programs to implement the District’s vision and mission. An integral component is Performance Excellence, a systems approach to measuring performance and driving business improvement to deliver on the District Strategic Plan. It also provides a unified business training and development framework for the District.

Digital Solutions

The Digital Solutions program develops and manages the District-wide software and hardware infrastructure, data analytics and data visualizations systems, Geographic Information System mapping and business intelligence systems. These systems store and manage data, which is an asset to the entire District. In addition, these systems transform data into decision support systems for asset management, stormwater management, scale, and research and innovation.

Finance & Accounting

The Finance and Accounting program is responsible for strategic financial planning and direction, financial accounting and reporting, and purchasing. Finance & Accounting provides services related to external financial reporting through the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, general ledger accounting, internal financial reporting, accounts payable and receivable, payroll, and utility billing and collections. This group manages budget planning, development and administration; capital improvement program development and project accounting; rate analysis; financial forecasting and planning; and bond issuance and debt management. The group also provides services related to procurement of equipment, goods and services, and supplies, while ensuring District compliance with purchasing rules and regulations.

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Human Resources

The Human Resources program is responsible for planning, developing and implementing employee processes and programs that allow Clean Water Services to remain efficient and innovative while promoting collaboration, continuous learning and employee well-being. Responsibilities include benefits and wellness; employee relations management; recruitment, selection and onboarding; diversity, equity and inclusion; classification and compensation; labor relations to include contract interpretation and dispute resolution; employee training and development; performance evaluations; reporting and analytics; administration of human resources policies and procedures; and District compliance with state and federal employment laws.

Legal Services

Clean Water Services is provided legal advice by its in-house legal department regarding the complex and dynamic legal, regulatory and business matters related to wastewater treatment, stormwater management, watershed enhancement and general water resource recovery issues. Legal Services provides proactive, practical advice to other departments and divisions to assist their business needs while protecting the legal interests of the District. Members of the Legal department draft a variety of documents including contracts, easements, ordinances and intergovernmental agreements and answer questions about the purchasing rules, procurements, contracts, real property, environmental and municipal law, construction disputes, permits, and other legal matters.

Public Affairs

The Public Affairs staff develops and manages the District’s government affairs, communications, community engagement, education and administrative functions. Public Affairs is comprised of two programs.

The Government Affairs program manages local, state and federal government relations and legislative affairs; serves as a liaison with District departments and programs; and coordinates administrative functions for the Board of Directors and the Clean Water Services Advisory Commission.

The Communications & Community Engagement program is responsible for communications, marketing, education and public involvement to build awareness, support and credibility with the general public, environmental groups, business community, media, volunteers, academia, employees and key opinion leaders. Staff engages audiences in capital projects, facility expansions and major District initiatives; builds transformational partnerships with the education community and key watershed stakeholder groups and manages the District’s corporate communications, employee engagement, public involvement and student education strategies.

Research & Innovation

The Research & Innovation program is responsible for promoting improved technologies and processes in the District to benefit the water quality of the Tualatin River Watershed. Research & Innovation staff promote collaborative research across the District to optimize plant and restoration operations, develop and adopt new innovative technologies, verify operational data for purchase or design of new technologies and reduce the risk of regulatory noncompliance.

Risk & Benefits

The Risk Insurance Management program includes risk analysis and reporting with a focus on reducing the frequency and severity of losses to the District. Focus areas include loss prevention and employee safety programs, insurance program management, emergency management, claims management, employee benefits management and management of the District’s captive, Clean Water Insurance Company, LLC.

Natural Systems Enhancement & Stewardship

About Natural Systems Enhancement & Stewardship

In 2020, the Watershed Management Department changed its name to Natural Systems Enhancement & Stewardship (NSES) to better reflect the work of the department. Natural systems refers to the connected, interdependent ecosystems in and out of the Tualatin Basin — upland, riparian, floodplain, wetland and instream. The new department name refers to our proactive and innovative role working across all the ecosystems to protect our watershed and keep it healthy and resilient. Stewardship refers to the community network needed to protect these assets for future generations. As before, NSES continues to build and strengthen innovative and resilient partnerships to enhance the benefits that natural resources provide to the community.

In 2005, Clean Water Services was given the opportunity to meet regulatory requirements through an innovative community streamside enhancement program called Tree for All (TFA). As the program grew, dozens of partners joined in to provide the resources needed to expand the scope and scale of the program. From the start the TFA program has helped catalyze and support a broad set of community values such as economic vitality, biodiversity, habitat connectivity, climate change resiliency, human health and recreation, and a one water philosophy.

NSES is able to leverage millions of dollars for streamside enhancement from voluntary incentive Farm Bill programs; conservation districts; local parks and open space providers; city, state and federal governments; and more than two dozen nonprofit partners. Together these collective resources produce landscape-scale results (140 river miles enhanced with more than 12 million native plants) while supporting rural and urban economies. By working at the landscape scale, NSES and TFA partners strive to create the watershed resilience needed to keep pace with rapid urban growth and mitigate stressors such as climate change.

Regulatory Affairs

Regulatory Affairs Administration

The Administration staff provides technical, scientific, regulatory and policy support to Clean Water Services. This support includes research, modeling and analysis of environmental data related to the protection of public and watershed health, the implementation of the Tualatin River Total Maximum Daily Loads and the implementation of and compliance with the District’s watershed-based National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) wastewater discharge permit.

The Administration staff tracks, evaluates and influences the development of state and federal environmental regulations; and prepares, reviews and coordinates reports related to monitoring, effluent discharges, noncompliance incidents and permit compliance. This group communicates with state and federal regulatory staff and the District’s partners and co-implementer cities and Washington County about regulatory compliance and policies. The Administration staff coordinates, tracks and reports on the District’s Water Quality Credit Trading Program for temperature and manages the release of stored water for flow augmentation within the Tualatin River Watershed. The Administration staff oversees the District’s intergovernmental agreements related to flow and water quality monitoring and flow augmentation with the Department of Environmental Quality, the U.S. Geological Survey, the Joint Water Commission and the District 18 Watermaster. The Administration staff also participates in planning efforts to support near-term and long-term District goals and objectives.

The Administration staff coordinates and supports scientific studies conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey in the Tualatin River Watershed to understand watershed processes and evaluate the effectiveness of future management practices. Administration staff also participates in organizations that support clean water and water quality, providing input, support and comments for meetings, workshops and conferences.

Environmental Services

The Environmental Services staff responds to complaints about pollution entering waterways or conveyance systems across the District. The group maintains the District’s illicit discharge response program and responds to reports of spills or contamination affecting surface water, storm drainage or sanitary sewers. Staff provides technical assistance to fire and emergency response authorities for spills or surface water cleanup concerns. Environmental Services staff provides outreach and education, making the public aware of the importance of protecting the public systems and waterways.

Environmental Services staff regulates industrial users to protect public health, worker health and safety, municipal infrastructure, water quality and biosolids. The group regulates commercial establishments and industries that discharge into the sanitary sewer system, including those located in co-implementer cities. It also regulates the disposal of septic tank pumpage and chemical toilet waste at the District’s water resource recovery facilities. The Environmental Services staff implements the industrial pretreatment program mandated by the federal Clean Water Act, including permitting and inspecting significant industrial discharges. Staff receives and reviews reports, issues permits, inspects industrial sites, samples, reviews industrial discharge analytical data and enforces pretreatment standards and permits. It works to reduce the discharge of fats, oils and grease to the sanitary sewer system.

Environmental Services staff provides a local presence by acting as DEQ’s agent for the 1200-Z NPDES industrial stormwater permitting and compliance program; staff also implements the commercial and industrial stormwater programs. Staff oversees stormwater best management practices, conducts inspections and plans reviews for industries’ compliance with DEQ-issued 1200-Z stormwater permits, industrial private water quality facilities and other commercial stormwater systems.

Environmental Services staff leads pollution prevention activities for the District. The most active outreach program is the Ecological Business Certification Program for the automobile services and landscape business sectors. The District continues to work on the mercury reduction outreach program with the Oregon Dental Association and Washington County Dental Society to survey and provide technical assistance to dental facilities.

Laboratory Services

The Laboratory Services staff conducts environmental sampling and analysis for the District and provides fundamental data for critical decision-making in areas such as health of the watershed, performance of the water resource recovery facilities and compliance with environmental regulations. The Laboratory staff performs over 120,000 water quality analyses per year and conducts extensive sampling, continuous monitoring and extensive field measurements. This work supports activities across the District including cleaning wastewater, source control, conveyance, stormwater and Tualatin watershed management. The Laboratory staff routinely analyzes samples for nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorus, sulfur and potassium; for E. coli bacteria; and for dozens of trace metals including copper, lead, silver, cadmium and zinc. Staff is capable of measuring mercury at extremely low levels: 0.5 parts per trillion.  

Laboratory staff supports data collection and analysis for numerous innovative research and development projects within the District. Some examples are:

  • Evaluate and calibrate continuous treatment plant process monitoring systems for ammonia, nitrate, phosphorus and solids to support efficient plant operations.
  • Develop and implement analytical methods to measure disinfection by-products at low levels to support the development of a regulatory strategy.
  • Conduct nutrient, temperature, copper, dissolved oxygen and algal chlorophyll studies to support compliance and operations at the Fernhill Natural Treatment System.
  • Continue research support to optimization treatment processes.
  • Develop methods and generate ambient and plant data to use with the Biotic Ligand Model to determine copper compliance.

The Laboratory staff spent several summers monitoring the water quality effects that flow augmentation had on McKay and Dairy creeks and maintains a continuous in-stream water quality monitoring station in Beaverton Creek. For the High Purity Water project, the Laboratory staff provided the planning, sampling and analyses to demonstrate that the finished water met all applicable drinking water standards. Staff is involved in planning and extensive sampling to understand the improvement to water quality from the Fernhill Natural Treatment System, algal growth, and to collect the information needed to update water quality models for the Tualatin River. The updated models will be used to influence regulatory strategies for nutrient management in the basin.

Utility Operations & Services

About Utility Operations & Services

The Utility Operations & Services Department (UOPS) is responsible for the management of the wholesale and retail utility operations and services of Clean Water Services including private development permitting, design, construction oversight, operations and maintenance of the District’s surface water and sanitary conveyance systems. The department includes the Administration program and four divisions — Conveyance Engineering Services, Planning & Development Services, Field Operations and Administrative Facilities Management.

Administration

This program includes the senior management for the department. Staff provides general and fiscal management of the department’s programs and interacts with external agencies on a wide variety of technical and policy issues. This work includes interaction with community and professional organizations and collaborative efforts with other jurisdictions through the City/District Technical Committee, cooperative public agencies of Washington County and other partnering efforts.

Conveyance Engineering Services

The Conveyance Engineering Services Division provides administration, design and construction management of the District’s Capital Improvement Program for both sanitary and surface water management (SWM) systems. The section is also responsible for administration, design and construction management of Local Improvement Districts, inflow and infiltration abatement and SWM Small Works Program projects. The services provided by this section are driven by the need to comply with legal mandates, protect public health, protect beneficial uses and meet public demands for efficient responsive service.

Planning & Development Services

The Development Related Services program provides services related to private development, including technical research and customer service; plan review, administration and inspection of vegetated corridor improvements; erosion control best management practices; sanitary sewer, stormwater quality and quantity facilities; permit issuance for sanitary sewer, surface water and erosion control; record mapping services for the sanitary and surface water systems; and Geographic Information System services supporting District programs.

The Systems Delivery Planning program provides quality control of plan review, erosion control and vegetated corridor inspection programs District-wide. This program is responsible for the implementation of the private stormwater quality facilities inspection program and for management and analysis of Low Impact Development Approaches (LIDA). The program also assists in District-wide capital planning and analysis including the integration of developer-constructed infrastructure to assure capacity for growth in both the sanitary and storm sewer systems.

Field Operations

Field Operations maintains the public storm and sanitary sewer collection systems. In addition to Field Operations Administration, the division includes the System Repair, System Maintenance, Local Repair & Construction, TV/Flow Monitoring and SWM Surface Facility Maintenance operational programs.

The operational programs clean and perform TV inspection of public storm and sanitary sewer pipes, clean catch basins and water quality manholes, sweep streets, pick up leaves in the fall and maintain water quality facilities. The Division responds to emergency requests for service, including storm event response. The Division also repairs and rehabilitates the collection system, including sealing lines and manholes to reduce inflow and infiltration, repairing damaged or deteriorated facilities, and assisting with neighborhood-wide system rehabilitation projects. Finally, the Division constructs localized projects including short line extensions, catch basin and inlet installations and stream corridor enhancements.

Administrative Facilities Management

The Administrative Facilities Management Division coordinates and manages short- and long-term strategic building transitions and improvements and oversees the daily functions, operations, planning, repairs and maintenance of the Administration Building Complex, Field Operations, the Materials Handling Yard, Tualatin River Farm and Fernhill Research Center.

Water Resource Recovery Operations & Services

About Water Resource Recovery Operations & Services

The Water Resource Recovery Operations & Services Department (WRRD) provides operation, maintenance and engineering for the District’s four water resource recovery facilities and 43 pump stations. Close to 66 million gallons of wastewater per day, on average, are pumped and treated to some of the highest standards in the nation. The water is then returned to the environment in the Tualatin River or reused for irrigation on golf courses, parks and sports fields. Solids removed from the wastewater are processed and used as soil amendments on farm land and nutrients are recovered and sold as a premium fertilizer. Digester gas produced in processing the solids fuels cogeneration systems offset approximately 40% of the electrical energy and 70% of the natural gas energy used by the facilities.

The department is organized in five operating programs that deliver on the core functions of conveying and treating wastewater: Durham; Rock Creek; Hillsboro/Forest Grove; Pump Stations; and Biosolids, Reuse and Fernhill. Three programs support the operating groups: Treatment Plant Services, Enterprise Asset and Technical Services, and Administration/Business Opportunities.

Durham

Durham is a tertiary wastewater treatment plant that treats an average annual flow of 21.4 mgd (million gallons per day). This program is responsible for day-to-day operation of the Durham Water Resource Recovery Facility, including process control and mechanical, electrical, and instrumentation maintenance.

Rock Creek

Rock Creek is a tertiary wastewater treatment plant that treats an average annual flow of 36.2 mgd. This program is responsible for day-to-day operation of the Rock Creek Water Resource Recovery Facility, including process control and mechanical, electrical, and instrumentation maintenance.

Hillsboro and Forest Grove

Hillsboro and Forest Grove are secondary treatment plants that treat an average of 4.4 mgd and 3.9 mgd, respectively. This program is responsible for day-to-day operation of the Hillsboro and Forest Grove water resource recovery facilities, including mechanical, electrical, and instrumentation maintenance.

Pump Stations

The majority of flow to the water resource recovery facilities is conveyed by gravity pipelines. However, due to topography or distance, pump stations are required to either lift the flow to gravity lines that can transport the flow to the water resource recovery facilities or to directly feed them via force mains. This program is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the pump stations, including mechanical, electrical and instrumentation maintenance.

Biosolids, Reuse and Fernhill

This program provides resource recovery of outputs from the treatment plants. Solids removed from the treatment plants are stabilized and converted to Class B biosolids, which are land applied as a beneficial agricultural soil amendment. During the summer, approximately 57 million gallons of effluent are utilized for urban, irrigation. The Fernhill Natural Treatment System cools the effluent from the Forest Grove Water Resource Recovery Facility before discharge to the Tualatin River, while enhancing valuable wetland habitat in the process.

Enterprise Asset and Technical Services

This program provides technical services to the five operating programs to support their efficient and effective performance. The program has three groups: Technical Support (electrical, instrumentation and mechanical engineering), Control Systems and Asset Management. These groups have department-wide responsibilities for systems that benefit from standardized, central management.

Treatment Plant Services

This program provides engineering for project delivery and for technology development and research. Project delivery includes facility planning, project design and construction management. Technology development and research includes evaluating and piloting new, innovative treatment processes, sensor technologies, and process control strategies to determine what should be implemented full scale.

Administration/Business Opportunities

This program provides traditional administrative support for the department’s operating programs, plus project and contract administration support. Nontraditionally this group also provides an entrepreneurial focus in developing business opportunities and an emphasis on applying business practices.

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