The City of Albany Public Works Department oversees the operations and maintenance of the jointly owned Dumbeck Lane Water Plant The Albany-Millersburg treatment plant uses membrane technology to filter water from the Santiam River. Membranes are made up of thin layers of material that separate out dirt, sand and microorganisms from the water. This plant is designed to produce up to 12 million gallons of treated water per day. The Vine Street treatment plant uses mixed-media filter technology to treat water from the Santiam-Albany Canal supplied by the South Santiam River. Mixed-media filters are made up of different sizes of sand, anthracite coal, and garnet to attract and trap dirt, sand and microorganisms in the filter. This plant is designed to produce up to 16 million gallons of treated water per day. After filtration, the water is disinfected to inactivate any remaining microorganisms, the pH is adjusted to reduce corrosion of piping and plumbing components, and fluoride is added to help prevent dental cavities. The water is then ready to distribute to our customers. The water distribution system consists of seven reservoirs, six pumping stations and about 290 miles of pipeline that serve Albany, Millersburg and the Dumbeck Lane Water District.
Below is the Annual Water Quality Report which is issued by Albany and provides important information about the high quality of the drinking water Albany/Millersburg provides to homes, businesses, and industry 24 hours a day throughout the year. This information is provided to you in compliance with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requirements. Albany regularly monitors the quality of our water to ensure they are producing and delivering excellent drinking water. In 2018, Albany’s drinking water met or exceeded all state and federal standards for safe drinking water.