Drinking Water Advisory

Oregon Health Authority's
Drinking Water Advisory Committee

Enacted by Senate Bill 156 in 2007, the Drinking Water Advisory Committee (DWAC) was created to advise and assist Drinking Water Services on policies related to the protection, safety and regulation of public drinking water in Oregon.
  • Committee members serve 3-year terms.
  • The committee meets quarterly. (Occasionally they meet more often or subcommittees are formed as needed for special projects.)
  • Meetings are usually held in Salem. 

Oregon Revised Statute (ORS) 448.153
State Drinking Water Advisory Committee
  1. The State Drinking Water Advisory Committee is created to advise and assist the Oregon Health Authority on policies related to the protection, safety and regulation of public drinking water in Oregon.
  2. The committee created under this section shall consist of 15 members appointed by the Public Health Officer. The officer shall make the appointments after considering nominees from:
a)  Public water systems of cities with a population greater than 100,000;
b)  Privately owned water systems;
c)  Environmental advocacy groups;
d)  The American Council of Engineering Companies of Oregon
e)  The Conference of Local Health Officials created by ORS 431.330;

f)   The League of Oregon Cities;
g)  The League of Women Voters of Oregon;
h)  The Oregon Association of Water Utilities;
i)  The Oregon Environmental Health Association;
j)  The Oregon Environmental Laboratory Association;

k)  The Pacific Northwest Section of the American Water Works Association;
l)  The Special Districts Association of Oregon;
m)  Organizations representing plumbers or backflow testers;
n)  Water consumers; and
o)  Watershed councils.

on the DWAC

(3-year terms run
July thru June)

Craig Sheahan
David Evans and Associates

Joe Miller

Travis Tormanen
Windsor Engineers

Brian Ginter

Paul Berg
CH2M Hill

Bob Fuller
CH2M Hill

(term ended June 2007)