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Environmental Services

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Phone: 503-823-7740

Fax: 503-823-6995

1120 SW 5th Avenue, Room 1000, Portland, OR 97204

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Safeway Pump Station Project

Construction begins in summer 2016

Environmental Services is designing a project to rebuild the sewage pump station in the Hayden Island Safeway parking lot. The two existing pumps in the facility are aging and are too small to handle the amount of flow the pump station receives. Environmental Services will replace the existing small structure with a much larger one. The new Safeway Pump Station will house two new larger pumps, and there will be room to install a third pump as needed to accommodate future development. This project will help protect public health, property and the environment, and reduce the possibility of sewage releases into streets, homes and businesses.

Sewage flows downhill through pipes called gravity sewers in most of Portland’s collection system. Pump stations are located at low points in the system to pump wastewater uphill. This project will increase Safeway Pump Station capacity to manage the flow it receives.

The project includes repairs to manholes in the area and the main sewer line at N Jantzen Drive and Center Avenue. This will require some construction in the street, which will close traffic lanes during construction hours.

Environmental Services owns and operates nearly 100 sewage pump stations all around Portland, including five on Hayden Island. Two of them pump sewage to the Safeway Pump Station. The Safeway facility then pumps sewage to the Hayden Island Pump Station, which pumps it into a large gravity sewer that carries sewage to the treatment plant.

Construction will begin in summer 2016 and will take about 13 months to complete.

For More Information

During construction, we will be sending out frequent email updates on schedules, traffic detours, delays, parking restrictions and other project news. I strongly encourage you to sign up for the project email update list by emailing your name to with “Safeway Pump Station” in the subject line.

Contact Rhetta Drennan with questions or concerns at 503-823-6006 or

A Few Facts About Construction

  • Construction begins summer 2016
  • Project will take about 13 months to complete
  • Construction will impact traffic on N Jantzen Drive and N Center Drive

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Did You Know

To prevent sewer backups and protect pipes, only flush human waste and toilet paper. Visit to see what happens when we flush products that don’t belong in the sewer. Wipes, disposable diapers and other products that claim to be flushable can block sewer pipes and cause sewage backups.