Design & Construction Standards Update

News and Updates

Clean Water Services periodically updates the Design & Construction Standards. We encourage partners and members of the public to participate and stay informed. Explore the latest information in this Fact Sheet (PDF, 2MB), updated October 25, 2018. Sign up to get updates direct to your email.

Commonly Asked Questions

Why is CWS updating the Design and Construction Standards?

Clean Water Services works with our community and partners to provide cost-effective and environmentally sensitive management of water resources for the Tualatin River Watershed. Part of that work is to provide Design & Construction Standards for sanitary sewer and surface water management that are periodically revised. The update process is necessary to incorporate changes in the watershed-based permit, and to reflect new technologies, approaches and development patterns.

What is included in this update?

This update process will:

  • Stormwater/hydromodification standards
  • Pump Station standards
  • Housekeeping and administrative edits

These updates will be developed with stakeholder input and proposed for Board adoption in spring 2019.

What is the timeline for the update process?

District staff held a kickoff meeting at the Hillsboro Civic Center on August 8, 2017. View the slides (PDF, 3.3MB) from this presentation to learn more.

What is hydromodification?

When rain falls on traditional parking lots, sidewalks or driveways, it flows across the surface to the nearest storm drain, and immediately to the nearest stream or river. After all, the drainage system was designed to concentrate surface water flows and efficiently send them downstream.

Nearly every time it rains, urban streams rise rapidly, flowing faster and faster. This “flashiness” cuts away stream banks and disrupts the physical and biological systems that support fish and other aquatic organisms. Preventing stream flashiness is an important strategy to protect and restore our urban streams and wetland systems. 

Learn more about hydromodification, and find some techniques used to minimize its effects in this Fact Sheet (PDF, 2MB).


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