Portland votes to decommission reservoirs


The council has yet to decide whether to cover the Mt. Tabor reservoirs.

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BY JACOB PALMER | DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR

The Portland City Council voted Wednesday to take the Mt. Tabor reservoirs offline.

The council has yet to decide whether to cover the Mt. Tabor reservoirs.

“We appreciate Portland City Council’s decision to approve the Land Use application. This is a step forward in an extensive process that will provide the Water Bureau with the legal authority to decommission the open reservoirs at Mt. Tabor, thereby meeting modern public health and safety practices and standards, complying with federal and state drinking water regulations, making the water system more reliable, resilient and secure,” David Shaff, the outgoing bureau administrator said after the vote.

The bureau will now seek the permits to do the work, which will take place at 11 location around the reservoirs. Among other things, a dozen trees will be removed, trenches will be dug to reach underground pipes, pipes will be cut and plugged, valves will be installed, and new above ground utility vaults will be built. The bureau will also plant 30 trees in Mount Tabor Park to help replace those that are removed.

(SOURCE: Portland Tribune)

The price tag of the project is expected to run about $7.4 million.

 


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