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Welcome to Deschutes Valley Water District

in Madras, Oregon!

Opal Springs, Well # 1, Well # 2, and Well # 3 supply the domestic water for Deschutes Valley Water District (approximately 4000 services). The artesian spring is located 5 miles southwest of Culver at the bottom of the 850 foot deep Crooked River Canyon, less than 150 feet from the river. The artesian wells are located at the east side of the canyon about 300-600 feet south of Opal Springs. Currently, there is no filtration or treatment of Opal Springs or the wells of any kind (nor is any needed).


881 SW Culver Highway

Madras, Oregon   97741

(541) 475-3849

(541) 475-6013  Fax



We have enjoyed artificially low water rates, no taxation, and fully funded water projects since the 1980ís, when the Districtís hydro-electric project started generating power and revenue. Regrettably, the District is increasing water rates due to lower projected hydro-electric revenue and higher operational costs.

The board is using a long-range financial plan to guide the District to the 2020ís and beyond. We completed a 4,000,000 gallon tank near Opal Springs a year ago that cost $1,500,000. In 2015, we plan to construct a 24 inch water main from Opal Springs to the new tank, estimated to cost $1,600,000. The District is completing these big capital improvements while the hydro-electric revenue is still available. We are also reducing staff through attrition and raising water rates. These measures are to lessen the chances of dramatic water rate increases and taxation in the 2020ís.

Times are changing and change is inevitable, however, when the future arrives District customers will still have the best water in the world delivered by a premier water system, with rates that are still going to be reasonable.

Ed Pugh



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This Page Last Modified on Tuesday, January 15, 2013