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Bull Run Treatment Projects on schedule, planning underway

We are making two important improvements to Portland’s water supply from Bull Run:  Improved Corrosion Control Treatment and Bull Run Filtration. We are currently working on the design for the corrosion control facility and gearing up for construction to begin next year. For the filtration plant, the project team is working to identify needs for the plant, such as type of filtration media and pipeline alignments. Both projects are required under federal law, and must meet the requirements of the compliance agreements with the Oregon Health Authority (OHA).

Improved Corrosion Control
The improved corrosion control facility will adjust the chemistry of Portland’s water, reducing the risk of lead from home plumbing or fixtures showing up at the tap. The facility will be online by April 2022. The project is currently at 60 percent design, and a Multnomah County land use hearing is scheduled for August 23.

Bull Run Filtration
The filtration plant will remove the microorganism Cryptosporidium and other potential contaminants from our water and will be online by September 2027. The Portland Water Bureau received two proposals for On-site Design Services for the Bull Run Filtration Project, and Stantec Consulting Services, Inc. was selected. We expect City Council to authorize this contract in the fall. We are also getting to know, and gathering information from, project site neighbors and other stakeholders to ensure that neighbors’ concerns are considered through the life of the project design, construction, and operations.

Learn more at portlandoregon.gov/bullrunprojects
 

Benefits of filtration

As we continue through the planning phase of the Bull Run Filtration Project, some people have asked why we need to filter the Bull Run water supply, and the benefits of doing so. The Portland City Council selected filtration treatment for a range of future benefits that it will provide, including: 
  • Making our water safer by removing microorganisms from the water
  • Providing consistent, high-quality drinking water
  • Removing sediment that storms, fires and other natural events can add to the Bull Run reservoirs, potentially making them temporarily unusable as a source 
  • Reducing disinfection byproducts by filtering out organics in the water
  • An investment in our future: Filtration meets today’s water quality standards and positions us to meet future regulations
Check out the Benefits of Filtration: Safe Water After a Disaster video to learn more about how filtration will increase the reliability of the Bull Run supply by significantly reducing the risk of a shutdown.

Engaging with our neighbors—an ongoing conversation

The eight-year filtration plant project will provide ample opportunity for discussion with our site neighbors. Conversations are already underway during this early planning phase and will continue through the life of the project. We encourage everyone to help share the resources and information we keep current on our website, attend our events, and point your neighbors to our email list for the latest information.
 

Clockwise from top: 1) Project team members and more than 150 neighbors gather on June 24 for an information session at Multnomah Grange No 71. 2) Project Communications Coordinator Bonita Oswald joins community members at the Boring and Dull Community Social in Boring, Oregon on August 9. 3) Jeanne Lawson of JLA facilitates a Q&A session with neighbors and Bull Run Treatment project staff at the July 16 Neighbor BBQ&A at Dodge Park.
 
Attend an upcoming community event to meet with us and learn more about these projects. We look forward to seeing you!
Neighbor Open House
Date:
Saturday, August 24
Time: 9-11 a.m.
Location: Sandy High School, Lecture Hall
37400 Bell Street, Sandy, Oregon
Bull Run Filtration Site Advisory Group meetings will begin in October. The goal: Foster open communication between the project team and the community by identifying and resolving community concerns early in the project and documenting our commitments in a Good Neighbor Agreement.
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