City leaders in Bend are wondering what a state decision regarding Portland's water supply might mean for them.
The Oregon Health Authority decided Portland should get a ten-year variance from a requirement to treat its surface water supply for the microorganism, cryptosporidium.
Bend City Manager Eric King says now that the state has shown a willingness to grant variances, city leaders need to determine whether Bend should seek a similar reprieve.
"It's something we need to look at a little more closely I think given the decision from the state," King said.
Federal rules require Bend to treat its surface water by the year 2014. The city has plans to build a $30 million filtration system as part of a later upgrade to its surface water system.
Recently the Environmental Protection Agency signaled it would reexamine the rule in question -- known as LT2.
Oregon has four cities that use untreated surface water -- Portland, Bend, Baker City and Reedsport.
This story originally appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting.