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Bend Adds $5.5 Million Hydroelectric Project To Water Overhaul

Bend’s City Council has signed off on a plan to spend more than $5.5 million to add a hydroelectric component to an overhaul of the city’s water supply system.

City Manager Eric King says the addition is projected to bring in a $500,000 in revenue for the city in the first year. It should also help offset some of the costs of the $63 million project.

“It’s that ability to have that downward pressure which makes it really a no-brainer to be moving forward with a project like this,” King said.

King says the city is planning on breaking ground next spring. Once up and running, the hydropower component is projected to produce enough electricity to power 1,000.