An Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) established the Regional Water Providers Consortium. Members include more than 20 municipalities (including the City of Portland), water districts and Metro. (Metro is a regional growth management and land-use planning agency serving Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington counties.)
Water providers belonging to the Consortium retain full authority to operate and upgrade their systems and infrastructure. The Consortium coordinates water supply planning and implementation in the Portland, Oregon (USA) metropolitan area. The IGA endorses the Regional Water Supply Plan as the region's water supply strategy for the future.
The Consortium is a collaborative, voluntary organization created for the following purposes:
- Promote the voluntary coordination of individual and collective actions of Consortium participants implementing the Regional Water Supply Plan for the Portland Metropolitan area;
- Provide a forum for the study and discussion of water supply issues of mutual interest to participants, and to coordinate the responses of participants to such issues;
- Provide a forum for review and discussion of water resource-related issues before any final actions by individual participants. Issues to consider may include statewide land use goals, comprehensive plans, regional plans, or land use regulations;
- Establish an avenue for public participation in water supply issues in addition to public participation activities of each participant.