Water Treatment Plant Replacement Project

Notice of Public Hearing

Findings of Fact for the Replacement Water Treatment Plant Project 


The City of Grants Pass, Oregon is holding a public hearing with the purpose of taking comments on the draft findings of fact for an exemption from the competitive bidding requirement for the Replacement Water Treatment Plant Project. Draft findings can be found on the City’s website for this project.

The hearing will be during the regular City Council Meeting, held in the Council Chambers at 5th & NW A Streets in Grants Pass, on May 15, 2019, at 6:00 pm.

For general information regarding this solicitation, contact the City of Grants Pass Public Works Department at 101 NW A Street by calling Jason Canady at (541) 450-6110.

By: City of Grants Pass, Oregon

Jason M. Canady

Public Works Director

Draft Findings

Replacing our aging Water Treatment Plant is the City Council’s number 1 goal for the second year in a row.

  • Council has hired Stantec Engineering Inc. to facilitate this process and assist in the many decisions that need to be made before construction can begin.
  • The current goal is to have a new Water Treatment Plant online and producing high quality drinking water by winter of 2023.
  • Stantec will present to Council on a monthly basis for the next six months, starting February 2019. They will provide information and details on the types of plants that can be constructed, size required for today and the future, location, and advanced construction options.

Water Treatment Plant

Water Plant aerial 1

Why Does the Plant Need to be replaced?

The Water Treatment Plant has faithfully served the Grants Pass residents over the last 87 years.  Turn on a tap and out comes an unending supply of good, safe drinking water.  The water currently produced by the Treatment Plant is of the highest quality.

However, ensuring reliable delivery of water to our community is becoming increasingly more challenging.


  • The plant is our only source for treating and supplying drinking water. 
  • The plant does not meet current building codes.
  • The plant does not meet seismic requirements.
  • The plant would be unable to provide safe drinking water after an earthquake if it is damaged.  
  • The plant walls are crumbling and the structures are no longer sound.
  •  The plant is beyond a simple repair.

Water Treatment Plant is Aging