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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.

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