A safe and resilient water system is vital to prepare and recover from disasters and emergencies

September is National Preparedness Month, an important reminder to prepare for emergencies that could happen at any time. One of the ways we’re preparing is by making our water system more resilient with the Bull Run Filtration Project.

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Facility architecture using “rolling hills” design 

The project team continues to refine architectural concepts for the future filtration facility. Using input from the community and staff, the building design is following a “rolling hills” concept featuring Pacific Northwest and agrarian style influences. Some of the key goals are designing for function, following sustainability guidelines, and integrating buildings with the surroundings. 
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Another puzzle piece is in place for Improved Corrosion Control 

We’ve reached another construction milestone for improved corrosion control: successful delivery of the carbon dioxide tank. With the major equipment pieces on site, we now shift the focus to connecting the new upgraded treatment process with the existing system. Along with soda ash, carbon dioxide is one of two naturally occurring substances that will help make Bull Run water less corrosive to lead and other metals that can be found in some home plumbing.
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Traffic impacts next week

Next Wednesday, October 6 and Thursday, October 7 we will be taking ground water readings along SE Dodge Park Blvd, SE Lusted Road, SE Altman Road, and SE Pipeline Road. Flaggers will be along these roads directing traffic that may be temporarily reduced to a single-lane to help keep the community and workers safe.

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September Neighbor Information Meeting

At the September 9 meeting, community members heard a brief update on design progress for the future filtration facility and saw current concept views of the buildings and site entrance. Visit the meeting webpage to see the recording.

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 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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