Corrosion control construction: Changing direction so traffic doesn’t need to

Construction on our new Improved Corrosion Control Treatment Project, which will reduce the risk of lead exposure from household plumbing, is moving along. During construction, the team has been mindful of the people who live and work in the area and has taken extra steps to be good neighbors. 

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Designing the facility to let gravity do the work

The water filtration facility we are planning includes a number of sustainability strategies to conserve energy and enhance reliability. But did you know that one of the key design elements is gravity? The location of the planned filtration facility allows gravity to continue to carry water from the Bull Run Watershed through the filtration facility to customers throughout the Portland region. Using gravity rather than pumping has significant benefits, including greater reliability in the event of a power loss from a natural disaster and less energy costs to pump water into town. 
Learn more about the filtration project

Sound and traffic impacts coming soon:
Nov. 15 through Dec. 15 

Work will be occurring in multiple locations at the facility site and along the planned pipeline routes. No work is planned Nov. 24 through 26.

There will be temporary lane closures and flaggers directing traffic along segments of Altman Road, Lusted Road, and Dodge Park Boulevard where crews are using vacuum excavation equipment to locate utilities. 

There will also be significant noise (75–90 decibels) where geotechnical borings are happening to gather information about soil conditions on private property at a few locations near the facility site. The work is expected to take a few days at each location. 

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January 2022 Neighbor Information Meeting

We’ll either hold this meeting using Zoom or at a yet-to-be-determined in-person location depending on current COVID-19 safety protocols.
Date: January 13, 2022
Time: 6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.

The meeting video and materials will also be posted to the meeting webpage

About the Bull Run Treatment Projects

To comply with federal Safe Drinking Water Act regulations, the Portland Water Bureau is building a water filtration facility, new pipelines, and an improved corrosion control treatment facility. The Bull Run Treatment Projects will provide consistent, high-quality drinking water that meets today’s water quality standards, help address aging infrastructure concerns and future risks and regulations, and improve system resilience to help keep our water safe and abundant for generations to come.

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