Portland completes sewer project


Portland is wrapping up its Combined Sewer Overflow project, the biggest public works project ever done by the city.

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Portland is wrapping up its Combined Sewer Overflow project, the biggest public works project ever done by the city.

 

For decades, rainy weather overwhelmed the city’s sewer system, sending billions of gallons of runoff and sewage directly into the Willamette River and Columbia Slough, a waterway south of the Columbia River.

But after 20 years, $1.4 billion and a fivefold increase in residential sewer bills, the Big Pipe project is history.

“People are swimming in the Willamette,” says City Commissioner Dan Saltzman. “That used to be unheard of.”

Read more at The Portland Tribune.

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