July 29th, 2009 | by BETH SLOVIC News | Posted In: CLEAN UP

In Surprise Twist, City Council Approves UV Not Filtration

Bull Run

Commissioner Randy Leonard offered an amendment this morning on the simmering LT2 debate, scuttling plans for a direct filtration plant in favor of one that uses UV technology to treat Portland's drinking water.

"I can count to three," Leonard said acknowledging he did not have the votes for filtration.

Filtration was estimated to cost $385 million not including the costs of borrowing. UV is supposed to cost about $100 million. The amendment passed 5-0.

Photo from the Portland Water Bureau.
 
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