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June 2021 HelloLO*****ECRWSS***** POSTAL CUSTOMER Presorted Standard U.S. Postage PAID Permit 124 Lake Oswego, OR 2 Councilor Daniel NguyenLOPD Hires Behavioral Health ClinicianFireworks Safety Tips Successful Water Partnership with Tigard2021 Goals Update Dog Rules for LO Parks 3 Parks & Rec Golf Course Renovation Rassekh Park Update Recreation & Aquatic Center Library Story Line Recordings Summer Reading African American Literature 4 Community CalendarJuneteenth Field Day EventBooktique Arts Council ExhibitionLO Seniors Speak UpBackflow Testing Festival of the Arts Insert ACC On the Go Wildlife Inside For inFormation about the City and its serviCes, go to www.lakeoswego.City or Call 503-635-0257. O . O L . THE OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF THE CITY OF LAKE OSWEGOHelloJune 2021YOUR DRINKING WATER IS CLEAN AND SAFE 2021 WATER QUALITY REPORT NOW AVAILABLE If there is one thing we have learned through every emergency we have experienced recently, it is that we are all dependent on reliable, clean drinking water. Even during these crises, Lake Oswego residents, businesses and customers can rely on our physical infrastructure and the incredible team operating it to deliver safe drinking water to your taps. Lake Oswego’s tap water meets or exceeds every State and Federal standard for safe drinking water. Sourced from the Clackamas River - your drinking water goes through state-of-the-art treatment designed to eliminate pathogens like bacteria and viruses, including COVID-19. Get to know your water by reading your 2021 Water Quality Report by June 30 and enter to win $100 off your next utility bill! To view the report visit www.lakeoswego.city/2021-water-report or call 503-534-5741 to request a mailed copy. Continued on page 3 REDUCE FIRE RISK IN PARKS Did you know the City of Lake Oswego has over 460+ acres of natural areas? Like many of your homes, the February storm created significant debris in our parks and natural areas. Our Parks crews, along with volunteers and contractors, have been working through these areas to remove debris and reduce potential fire fuels. The Parks and Recreation Department in partnership with the Fire Department work to reduce the risk of fire fuels and create a defensible space. To do so, our team is working toward clearing debris accumulation 20 feet on each side of the trails and from the perimeters of the parks. This creates natural barriers to reduce the risk of fire spread. With the amount of the debris from the historic storm, we need your help! To coordinate a cleanup work party in your neighborhood City natural area please contact our Stewardship Coordinator, Babs Hamachek, at bhamachek@lakeoswego.city. We can all work together to make sure our parks and natural areas stay safe this fire season! 2020 PHOTO CONTEST EXHIBIT Winning photos from the City’s 12th annual Photography Contest are now on display at Morse Coffee, 417 1st Street. Morse Coffee opened in April and will be displaying work from local artists each month. In 2020, over 300 participants submitted 770 photos in the 2020 Photo Contest. All eligible photos were evaluated based on overall quality, creativity and how well the photograph portrayed Lake Oswego. First, second and third place winners were recognized in seven categories. Learn more about the photo contest and how you can participate in the 2021 contest at www. lakeoswego.city/publicaffairs/photo-contest. CANCELATION OF JULY 4TH STAR SPANGLED PARADE The City has elected to postpone the traditional Star Spangled Parade & Celebration due to COVID-19. Although it is disappointing to postpone this beloved community event for another year, the City is committed to supporting the health and wellness of Lake Oswego. Unfortunately, large community events like the Star Spangled Parade attract thousands of community members, and it is impossible to monitor compliance with Oregon Health Authority COVID-19 guidance, including vaccination verification, physical distancing, and capacity monitoring. July 4th will not look the same as past years without our traditional parade and celebrations. However, that does not mean we cannot enjoy ourselves! We encourage the community to enjoy our beautiful amenities, including local restaurants and retail establishments and keep celebrations small. Please remember fireworks and alcohol are not permitted on City properties, which includes parks. In addition, fireworks are illegal in all state parks and beaches. SUMMER COMMUNITY EVENTS The City recognizes the important role that events play in placemaking, enriching lives, fostering wellness, and economic development. And, with summer is just around the corner, and the City’s Parks & Recreation Community Events team has planned a safe schedule of events for you to enjoy! We are hosting several small-scale capacity-monitored outdoor events. These alternate events will take place in lieu of traditional large community events like the Fourth of July Star Spangled Parade & Celebration & the Summer Concert Series. All events will adhere to Oregon Health Authority COVID-19 guidance and are subject to change. Many require advanced registration. Events include: Flicks at the Farm coming in July! In addition to events, check out fun activities offered through Parks & Recreation at www.loparks.org. Daniel Nguyen City Councilordnguyen@lakeoswego.city Jackie Manz City Councilorjmanz@lakeoswego.city 2 Massene Mboup City Councilormmboup@lakeoswego.city Aaron Rapf City Councilorarapf@lakeoswego.city Rachel Verdick City Councilorrverdick@lakeoswego.city John Wendland City Councilorjwendland@lakeoswego.city Joe Buck Mayorjbuck@lakeoswego.city City Council503-635-0215 City ManagerMartha Bennett503-635-0215 COUNCIL CORNER FROM COUNCILOR DANIEL NGUYEN The transition from spring to summer is my favorite time of the year, where the weather is sublime and the days are longer. A change of season compels us to do something different or try something new, or in this case, step into a "new normal." I certainly welcome a change of scenery as we are all thirsting for a reprieve from an unprecedented year-long quarantine. But after a year of navigating through grief and stress, we discovered a hidden resiliency to survive and thrive throughout the pandemic. We have the scientists to thank the vaccine and front- line workers for their sacrifices to keep essentials available. We have gratitude for the teachers, nurses, businesses, and community partnerships that banded together in service to the most vulnerable. We are forever tethered to this moment in history, and as we embark on a "new normal," may we embrace the spirit of kindness and compassion in continuing to guide us forward. Next, I'm proud that the City of Lake Oswego issued a proclamation recognizing May as Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. As the Council's first Asian-American elected, this proclamation carries a deep resonance with me. Community partners like LO for LOve and the city's Park and Recreation Department to hold space to celebrate AAPI accomplishments and contributions. I'm eager to see what's in store for more cultural celebrations and festivities that the city can host in the future. I look forward to returning to the dais in person with the rest of the Lake Oswego City Council this month. While we couldn't physically be together, it didn't prevent Council from doing business. Many significant policies occurred over Zoom, which surprisingly became a vehicle to increased participation on critical issues. For example, I believe the Council has taken necessary steps to expand the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force initiatives. It was also wise to invest in electrifying our city landscaping equipment to act boldly on climate policy. The city is bustling with many projects, and it's always a pleasure to hear from constituents on how to best facilitate investments in programs that reflect the community's vision and aspirations. Have a safe and wonderful summer! CITY COUNCIL 2021 GOALS UPDATE Every year, our City Council adopt goals and work plans for the year that guide our priorities as a City. In the last quarter, we have been working towards these initiatives and have been able to even complete a few of them already. Here are the Council Goals highlights from this last quarter: • Council enacted Ordinance 2870, which allows the Fire Chief or Fire Marshal to temporarily ban the sales and use of legal ground-based fireworks and other flame or spark producing activities when the risk of fire in Lake Oswego is extreme. • Council approved the Preliminary Services Agreement with EPCOR as our private partner for the Tryon Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant Project, which will replace the existing aging plant. • Community Policing Dialog is underway. Thank you to all the community members who participated in the City’s focus groups and survey. Staff will present the report to Council during a Special City Council meeting on June 22. • Following the recommendation of the 2019 DEI Task Force, the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Advisory Board has been formalized as a permanent advisory board to the Council. Applications closed in May and interviews will take place in June. To read more about the Council initiatives and projects under each goal, visit www.lakeoswego.city/citycouncil. FIREWORKS SAFETY TIPS Fireworks go on sale June 23 throughout the state. Lighting and watching fireworks can be fun and exciting, but the Lake Oswego Fire Department reminds everyone that even legal fireworks can be dangerous and unpredictable. Please use extreme caution when lighting fireworks. If you still choose to use fireworks, here are a few important safety tips: • Have an adult light fireworks and keep matches and lighters secured at all times (did you know sparklers can heat up to 1,200 degree?) • Always have water available and light fireworks well away from vegetation or structures • Never re-light a “dud” firework! Wait 15-20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water • Always soak used fireworks in a bucket of water overnight prior to discarding in the outdoor trash • Keep pets indoors while fireworks are being used in your neighborhood Reminder, “illegal fireworks” under State of Oregon law are any fireworks that explode, fly into the air, or travel more than six feet on the ground or 12 inches into the air. Illegal fireworks include but are not limited to: bottle rockets, roman candles, firecrackers, and mortars. Questions? Call the Fire Department at 503-635- 0275 or visit www.lakeoswego.city/fireworks. CELEBRATING A SUCCESSFUL WATER PARTNERSHIP WITH TIGARD June 9, 2021 marks five years since the new Lake Oswego Tigard water system started providing high-quality drinking water to almost 100,000 customers throughout Lake Oswego and Tigard. Here are six things to know and celebrate about this successful partnership between our two cities: • Water quality has improved for both cities with a state-of-the-art treatment system. • The partnership represents a significant investment for ratepayers, but through partnering together, both cities saved millions of dollars for customers. • The Lake Oswego Tigard Water Project was Lake Oswego and Tigard’s largest public works project in our cities’ histories. • Our water system meets the most modern seismic standards for long- term resiliency and increases emergency water supply reliability through regional intertie connections. • Our Lake Oswego Tigard Water Treatment Plant is designed and operated to eliminate emerging pathogens/viruses, like COVID-19. • Through every emergency, our resilient water system provides reliable, consistently high- quality drinking water from the Clackamas River - all for about a penny per gallon. Let’s celebrate securing our most valuable resource for our cities’ future - and in investing in public health and preparing our cities for the long-term. For more information about the partnership, visit www.lotigardwater.org Celebrating of High-Quality Water5 Years Celebrating of Clean Water 5 Years LOPD HIRES BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CLINICIAN The Lake Oswego Police Department (LOPD) has hired Amber Hambrick as its Behavioral Health Clinician. This new position will respond to calls that would be best served by a person with specific, detailed, and appropriate mental health training and certification. As a Behavioral Health Clinician, Amber would be available to respond with an officer if needed but, more importantly, could respond alone to aid the person in crisis. Amber joined LOPD’s team on April 12. She has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and holds two Masters Degrees, one in Counseling Education the other in Counseling Psychology. With 15 years of hands-on experience in mental health and case management, she comes to us from the Clackamas County Mobile Crisis Response Team where she most recently served as a Mental Health Specialist II. Amber will work in partnership with LOPD staff to assess and address behavioral health issues within the community and in collaboration with other mental health resources. In addition to working with community members, she will provide in-house training to the department on Crisis Intervention Techniques and De-Escalation - training she has already implemented. Amber will also be available to assist the West Linn Police Department on a part- time basis. This partnership will be a tremendous benefit to both communities. LOPD is excited and grateful to have Amber on the team. They look forward to the positive impact she will have on our community and the department. For more information, call 503-635-0238. DOG RULES FOR LO PARKS With warmer weather right around the corner, more people - and their dogs - will be out and about in the community. To ensure our neighborhoods, parks, natural areas and public spaces remain safe and enjoyable for all residents of Lake Oswego and its visitors, City Codes have been established to help guide and manage the responsibilities of dog owners. Please note there is a $150 citation for violation of these rules. PARK RULES: • All dogs must be kept on-leash except in areas designated by sign as “off-leash” and must be under control by owner/keeper at all times on all park property. • Owners or keepers must promptly remove excrement or other solid waste deposited by the animal. • All dogs on park property must be licensed and current in vaccinations. • Dogs are not allowed on Athletic Fields unless authorized by the Parks & Recreation Department Director. For details on these and other events, visit www.lakeoswegolibrary.org or call: Main Number, 503-636-7628 Reference Desk Number, 503-675-2540 Donate online, www.lopl.org/donate 3 Your Community Resource for Information and EnrichmentCITY LIBRARY PARKS & RECREATION Location: 17525 Stafford Road Mailing: PO Box 369For more information or to register for Parks & Recreation (LOPR) programs, call 503-675-2549 or visit www.loparks.org. It's Summer Reading Time! The Library is offering many opportunities for summer fun, learning and cultural enrichment. Many programs are still online, however for the latest in our service offerings, please check our website or give us a call! NEW! STORY LINE RECORDINGS Mondays in June, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Listen to poetry and short stories on demand! With the library’s new Story Line service, poetry and short stories for adults are just a phone call away. To listen in anytime, dial 503-636-7628 and press 6. New content is available every Monday, so call back often - or whenever you’re in the mood for a little lift! ONLINE: BUILDING BRIDGES BOOK GROUP Saturday, June 26, 10 to 11 a.m. Through the reading and discussion of acclaimed works of fact and fiction, we seek greater appreciation of the rich diversity of life, to build understanding, empathy, and connection in our world. Our June selection is Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston. Contact Alicia, Reference Librarian, at ayokoyama@lakeoswego.city to register or if you have questions. SUMMER READING Library users of all ages can join a program and earn free books and other prizes just by reading, listening, exploring, and learning new things. Starting June 1, sign up online by creating an account and adding one or more reader profiles. If you choose to use a paper form, return it to the library before August 31 to be included in the prize drawings. KIDS - For kids from birth to entering 6th grade Kids will earn a FREE prize book, fine voucher and Booktique coupon just for registering. TEENS - For teens and tweens entering grades 7-12 Teen program will hold weekly drawings (gift cards to Powell’s Bookstore). ADULTS (LAZINFEST) - For adults ages 18+ Read or listen to books and log your books in your Reader Profile. Earn raffle tickets for our weekly edible or bookish treat drawings- and a chance for the Grand Prize gift certificate for a stay at the Oregon coast! Register at www.lopl.org, or for registration assistance, please contact us at 503-636-7628. DEEPENING OUR CONNECTIONS: A 3-PART SERIES ON AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE | PART 1 Sunday, June 13, 2 to 3:30 p.m. In this three-book discussion series, we will seek to deepen our connections to one another by better understanding the perspectives of African Americans through works of literature. Part 1 of this series, where we will be discussing Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs via Zoom. Registration is required. For assistance please contact Rachael, Reference Librarian, at rhyde@lakeoswego.city. PARK PROJECTS LAKE OSWEGO MUNICIPAL GOLF COURSE RENOVATION Online open house scheduled to launch in mid- June! Information regarding this open house will be available on social media, the project website and via email. The Golf Course renovation includes design and construction of a 9-hole Executive Golf Course in Lake Oswego to replace the existing 18-hole Par 3 golf course located at 17525 Stafford Road. Key elements of the project include: • Design and construction of a 9-hole Executive Golf Course • Renovation of the existing driving range • Design and construction of a new related golf course maintenance facility For more information, visit www.lakeoswego.city/ parksrec/municipal-golf-course-renovation. RASSEKH PARK The City is developing a new multi-purpose sports field and play area at the Rassekh Property. Community feedback will help shape the park design and facilities. Find out the project history, site details and upcoming ways to get involved at http://rassekhpark.com. The first survey results are posted and the next survey will be live in mid-June. RECREATION & AQUATIC CENTER Lake Oswego is getting a new Recreation & Aquatic Center and the City and School District want your feedback! Learn more about the plans for the new center and help refine designs through our online open house. This virtual community event is open from now until June 4. Visit the website or open house to view plans and continue to learn more: http://openhouse.jla.us.com/lorac. • Farmers’ Market: Saturdays, May 8 through October 2, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Millennium Plaza Park. • Juneteenth: June 19, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Millennium Plaza Park (co-presented with Respond to Racism). • Petals & Punch: June 27, 3 to 5 p.m. at Millennium Plaza Park. Features youth performers Mr. Hoo and comedian Angel Ocasio. Registration required. • Picnic in the Park: Thursdays in July and August, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Weekly concert and meal from local vendor. Enrollment based on lottery; registration required. • Flicks at the Farm Carpool Cinema: July 30, Raya and the Last Dragon and July 31, Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark, Luscher Farm. Registration required. • Movies in the Park: August 10 at Millennium Plaza Park featuring Moana and August 17 at Westlake Park featuring The Croods: A New Age. Registration required. • Drive-in Concert at Luscher Farm: August 21, 6:30 to 9 p.m. featuring opener CJ Mickens and headliner Hit Machine. Registration required. • Barnyard Bolt: August 28, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Luscher Farm. Fun run featuring splashes, bubbles and obstacles. Registration required. • Barks in the Park: September 9, 5 to 7 p.m. at Hazelia. Pet-friendly event featuring DJ, costume competition and vendors. For information, including registration requirements, pricing and performer lineup, visit the Parks & Recreation Community Events website at www.lakeoswego.city/ParksRecEvents. Celebrate summer in Lake Oswego by participating in these extraordinary community events! EVENTS Continued from page 1 DOG PARKS & OFF-LEASH AREAS To provide a safe and enjoyable recreational experience to dog owners/handlers and their dogs, the City established two Dog Parks and two designated Off-Leash Areas. DOG PARKS • Hazelia Dog Park (two fenced areas) 17800 Stafford Road • West Waluga Dog Park (in fenced area) 15775 Waluga Drive These Dog Parks are open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. OFF-LEASH AREAS Local dogs and their owners are invited to enjoy the designated off-leash dog areas (OLA) at the following parks: • Pilkington Park, 19043 Pilkington - open area, no fencing. • McNary Park - open space, no fencing. Look for posted OLA rules at each location. Open every day from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. For details on city-wide dog laws, including licensing requirements, please call the Public Information Office at 503-635-0257 or visit www.lakeoswego.city/police/dog-safety-and- complaint-reporting-information. 44 For inFormation about the City and its serviCes, go to www.lakeoswego.City or Call 503-635-0257. Contributing writers:Jenny Anderson, ParksNell Diamond, LibraryTom Hamann, Police DepartmentKaty Kerklaan, Engineering Robin Krakauer, Arts CouncilJamie Inglis, Parks & Recreation Diana Smith-Bouwer, Public Information Madison Thesing, City Manager's Office Citizen inFormation speCialist and hellolo editor/writer Bonnie Hirshberger 503-675-3992 bhirshberger@lakeoswego.city This newsletter is printed on Processed Chlorine Free 100% recycled content paper, using soy-based ink. Community Calendar In order to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the City implemented strategies including canceling programs, camps, and meetings. The City is in the process of reopening and many of these programs will be rescheduled. To see the status of City services, please visit www.lakeoswego.city/coronavirus. For updates to events and meetings, please visit the online community calendar: WWW.LAKEOSWEGO.CITY/CALENDAR The health and safety of our community members and staff is of utmost importance, as is providing the community with essential services such as police and fire protection, quality drinking water, and well-maintained infrastructure. FIELD DAY EVENT SATURDAY, JUNE 26 - WESTLAKE PARK Join the Lake Oswego Amateur Radio Emergency Services team on Saturday, June 26, as LO ARES radio operators (hams) join more than 40,000 of their colleagues throughout North America for the annual 2021 ARRL Field Day - a nationwide event designed to test the skills of radio operators and introduce emergency communications to the public. LO ARES will set up a temporary transmitting station at Westlake Park. Meet the LO ARES team and learn about the many ways they are trained to assist Lake Oswego in the event of emergency. The team will be operational from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. LO ARES backs up the LO Fire Department’s communication system when called upon. Whether earthquake, windstorm or other disaster, power, cellular service and normal communications may fail or become severely overloaded. When all else fails, LO ARES will be there to help! The team welcomes the public to come and learn more about amateur radio, its benefit to our community, and how you can get involved. For more information about this event or becoming an LO ARES member, visit LOARES.org. LO ARES member Mark Thornburg (KF7KXX) sets up his portable radio gear for the annual ARRL Field Day operation. LO SENIORS SPEAK UP NEW SENIOR COMPANION CALL LINE Our local seniors have found a creative way to beat the COVID blues - a group of local senior volunteers make weekly phone calls to other Lake Oswego seniors to get to know each other, catch up on life, and create a human connection. Ross Fearey, who formerly sat on the LO City 50+ Advisory Board, came up with the idea as a way to connect local seniors who can’t get around like they used to. Then along came the COVID-19 pandemic and the program blossomed. Today, dozens of Lake Oswego seniors make weekly calls to other seniors and everyone is truly enjoying the phone visits. “Young families are sometimes just too busy to stay in touch with their elders,” explains Fearey, “and besides, it's fun to talk to someone your own age who can relate to today’s changing world in the same way you do.” Any Lake Oswego senior can join the phone call list. Contact Maria Bigelow at the Adult Community Center at 503-534-5748, if interested. Participation is free. BOOKTIQUE NOW WITH TWO CONVENIENT PICK-UP LOCATIONS! Visit TheBooktique.org to find recent fiction, classics, mysteries, romance, children’s books and cookbooks, plus DVDs, CDs, jigsaw puzzles and more at great prices! Enjoy travel books or find some inspiration for your next at-home project in the gardening, home improvement or art sections. Every purchase helps support programs of the Lake Oswego Public Library, including LO Reads, and right around the corner, Summer Reading programs for all ages. Purchases can be picked Tuesday through Saturday usually within 2 to 8 business days. Items can also be shipped anywhere in the U.S.A. • Booktique at 4 Monroe Parkway Ste. D. Pick up hours are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. • Booktique at 380 A Avenue Ste. B. Pick up hours are from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. IN-STORE BROWSING RETURNING SOON! The Booktique at Monroe Parkway will reopen in June for in-store browsing. The new A Avenue Booktique hopes to open in mid-June. Check their website for updates. The Booktique adds "new" books almost every day. If you have gently used books you no longer want, please considering donating. Donation information can be found at TheBooktique.org. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Interested in becoming a Booktique volunteer? Please email LeeAnn Rooney, Booktique Manager, at Booktique.FOLOL@gmail.com. Special thanks to long-time Booktique manager Margaret Ogren. Margaret is retiring after almost 10 years at the helm. FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS PRESENTS THE OUTDOOR EXHIBIT, ART IN THE PARK OUTDOOR EXHIBIT - JUNE 26 & 27 As outdoor events are opening up and you’re thinking about your family’s summer plans, make sure to schedule time for the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts! This year’s festival will highlight over 100 exceptional regional artists and their finely crafted artworks. Join us Saturday, June 26 and Sunday, June 27, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at George Rogers Park. For more event details, call 503-636-1060 or visit www.lakewood-center.org. ARTS COUNCIL NEW EXHIBITION: HIGHLIGHTS The Arts Council of Lake Oswego is excited to open its latest exhibition, Highlights, at their new ARTspace Gallery, located in the Lake Oswego City Hall building - 380 A Avenue, Suite A. The exhibition is on view from May 21 through August 20. Highlights features carefully curated works from the City of Lake Oswego’s permanent art collection. There are many engaging pieces in this show with media and styles that are diverse including textiles, metal, ceramic, glass, chrome, oil, basketry, Sumi ink, paper, acrylic, watercolor, and more! For more information on the exhibition and the Arts Council visit www.artscouncillo.org or call 503-675-3738. JUNETEENTH Commemorate the end of slavery with a community celebration honoring the historic day on Saturday, June 19 at 4:30 p.m. at Millennium Plaza Park. The event is co-presented by the City of Lake Oswego and Respond to Racism. The event program includes remarks from Respond to Racism cofounder, Willie Poinsette, and a keynote from at- risk youth advocate and former director of Portland’s Office of Youth Violence Prevention, Antoinette Edwards. Festivities include performances from Conscious Ave, Randal Wyatt, Alex Addy and Julianne Johnson-Weiss. Poetry will also be read by Lake Oswego School District Students. The event will follow Oregon Health Authority COVID guidance. For additional information, visit www.lakeoswego.city or www.respondtoracism.org. BACKFLOW TESTING - DUE BY JULY 15 Backflow assemblies are used to protect drinking water sources from non-potable water. Backflow devices are only present in homes and businesses with irrigation systems, medical equipment, and private pump systems. To help prevent contamination and ensure the best water quality for everyone, all backflow assemblies must be tested annually by a state certified tester. Testing must be completed by July 15. For more information about the City’s cross connection control program, backflow assemblies, or testing requirements, please contact Lake Oswego Public Works at backflow@ci.oswego.or.us or 503-534-5674.