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Tradeswomen building the future for water and their families

Twenty-eight percent of journey work hours and 31 percent of apprentice work hours on construction of the Bull Run Filtration Project will go to minorities and women. Building the new facilities offers fulfilling work in a broad range of trades, enabling people to build careers and contribute to our community. This is exciting for organizations like the Oregon Tradeswomen, which is committed to collaborating with partners like the City of Portland to create a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive workforce in the construction trades.  

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Photo of concrete pouring into a pit surrounded by orange plastic safety fencingUnder-slab electrical and mechanical installation underway for the Improved Corrosion Control facility

Although the recent snow and ice storms delayed work for a couple of days on the Improved Corrosion Control Treatment project, crews quickly got into swing again. They’re currently working on the utility water pump station vault and are installing under-slab electrical and mechanical for the soda ash silos and the chemical building. As we move into spring, pace of construction will pick up even more.   
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Filtration pipeline drilling March 1–April 16, 2021  

To prepare for design of the new pipelines that will connect to the Facility, workers will be drilling in the area to gather information about soil conditions. The field work will be limited to 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday, and the drilling is anticipated to take a few days at each location. For details about the latest drilling location dates, visit
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Site Advisory Group meeting — Project costs and rates, Good Neighbor Agreement
The Water Bureau Finance Manager will join us to talk about project costs and rates. We’ll also discuss updates to draft language for the Good Neighbor Agreement. The meeting will be held virtually via Zoom.
Date: March 11, 2021
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Please register to attend the meeting. 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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