GENERAL INFORMATION: 503-823-7404
1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 600, Portland, OR 97204
The Portland Water Bureau and contractor Hoffman Construction Company have started a long-term capital improvement project to update the Washington Park reservoir site at 2403 SW Jefferson Street. The project complies with federal and state mandates, seismically strengthens key water infrastructure on Portland’s west side, and helps ensure a healthy, resilient, and secure water system.
A new 12.4-million gallon, seismically reinforced below ground reservoir will be constructed in the same footprint of existing Reservoir 3 (upper) with a reflecting pool/water feature on top. The new reservoir will preserve the historic drinking water function provided by the original reservoirs and be engineered to withstand ongoing landslide encroachment and potentially catastrophic effects of a major earthquake. When complete and online, the new reservoir will supply water to Portland’s west side and serve more than 360,000 people, including all downtown businesses and residents, 20 schools, five hospital complexes, more than 60 parks, and the Oregon Zoo.
Existing Reservoir 4 (lower) will be disconnected from the public drinking water system and a lowland wildlife habitat area, bio-swale, and reflecting pool will be constructed in the basin.
Construction started Sept. 12, 2016 and will proceed through 2020. A pause is scheduled to occur from 2020 to 2022 to allow soils to settle. From 2022 to 2024, construction of interpretive features, including the two reflecting pools and surface features, will conclude the project.
ACTIVITY & IMPACTS
From September 12, 2016 until March 2018, major earthwork will occur along with the construction of shoring walls and the new underground reservoir. Work during this stage will cause temporary impacts to traffic, parking, and TriMet bus service.
Access a map of park impacts online.
Tour Buses, Free Park Shuttle
Traffic Flow Reversal
Multi-Use Shared Path
TriMet Bus Service
SAFETY IS OUR TOP PRIORITY
The traffic plan spanning now until March 2018 has been approved by the Portland Bureau of Transportation. The Water Bureau will be conducting evaluations and adjusting traffic flow as conditions require. The Water Bureau is working with Portland Parks & Recreation, Explore Washington Park, neighborhood associations, and the community to gather on-the-ground feedback and determine if changes are necessary. Please provide your traffic and signage feedback by phone, e-mail, or on the dedicated webpage.
SEPTEMBER 2016 ACCOMPLISHMENTS
General Site Work
Reservoir 3 & 4 Work
Photos of project work are accessible on the project's Flickr album.
KEEPING YOU UP-TO-DATE
Please contact us with questions, concerns, or to sign up to receive monthly project updates.
The last Sunday Parkways event of the season is Sunday, Oct. 2 in the Sellwood/Milwaukie neighborhood. This is the first time ever that Sunday Parkways is expanding to Milwaukie. The new route will include Westmoreland, Sellwood, and Water Tower Parks plus the Milwaukie Farmers Market and the Milwaukie Business District. Stop by the Your Sustainable City booth at the event to share in some Sunday Parkways history in the making, and also enjoy the live music, delicious food, and sendoff for the season of this very fun and successful community event.
The Water Event Station (WES) will be at the Your Sustainable City booth in Westmoreland Park, where you can get a drink of water and learn more about our water system, water sources, water quality, and how to use water wisely.
The event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit https://is.gd/wNzw72.
We had a blast learning about Preparedness Month with you!
At the Portland Water Bureau, we prepare as part of our daily work - hardening the backbone of our water system and building storage that will last for generations.
This month, we shared with you the stories of your neighbors and their best preparedness efforts.
Your neighbors Darcelle of Darcelle XV Showplace, Neighborhood Emergency team member Catie and Victor of Caspian Kabob are prepared for an emergency by storing water. View their stories here: is.gd/Ypsndc.
Then we asked you to share your story. Make your own video to show your stored water. Post to www.facebook.com/portlandwaterbureau or @PortlandWater on Twitter with the hashtag #ShowYourH2O and you’ll be entered to win a LifeStraw personal filter for your emergency kit.
We also created an “I ♥ Preparedness” display of many different options for water storage at home, from the LifeStraw personal filter to a 55 gallon drum and many, many options in between. Stackable WaterBricks were particularly popular. We brought our display throughout the city all month, demonstrating in downtown Portland, at the Portland Water Bureau’s Employee Safety Fair, at the Red Cross’ Prepare Out Loud event and at Aquifer Adventure.
In an emergency, everyone has a role to play. What’s your role?
One of the most important things you can do to prepare for an emergency is to have an emergency kit that includes water. People can survive for weeks without food, but only a few days without water. In the Pacific Northwest, your kit should be able to sustain your entire household (pets too!) for 14 days. Experts predict that our region is overdue for a major earthquake that will severely damage water systems and other infrastructure. When this occurs, it will take time for emergency supplies to reach the greater Portland-metro area. You will need to rely on your own resources until help arrives.
Keep learning about safely storing water for an emergency. Need help getting started?
• See HOW to store your emergency H2O. http://bit.ly/storing-H2O
• See WHERE to store your emergency H2O. http://bit.ly/storing-H2O
• See WHAT types of containers to use for your emergency H2O. http://bit.ly/storing-H2O
• Using your own containers to store water for an emergency? Here’s how: http://bit.ly/storing-H2O
Check back at www.portlandoregon.gov/water/preparedness to keep learning.
It’s almost time to change your watering habits for the fall. This is a great time to prepare your garden and irrigation systems for the cold months ahead. Here are some tips:
For more information about using water wisely, please visit www.portlandoregon.gov/water/conservation.
Today, distinguished guests joined the Portland Water Bureau, City of Portland, and Hoffman Construction Company to break ground on the Washington Park Reservoir Project. Once complete and online, the 12.4-million-gallon underground reservoir will supply water to Portland’s west side, including all downtown businesses and residents, 20 Portland public schools, five hospitals, the Oregon Zoo, and more than 60 parks.
“The time to invest in the next generation of Portland’s water infrastructure is now – and we are seizing the moment,” said Water Bureau Director Michael Stuhr. “This project is an example of the many infrastructure improvements we are undertaking throughout the city to continue providing our customers with safe, reliable, high-quality water into the future.”
The new reservoir will be built to withstand a major earthquake and landslide while still maintaining the historic drinking water function provided by the original reservoirs. A reflecting pool will be featured on top in the same general footprint as the historical Reservoir 3. Reservoir 4 will be disconnected from the public drinking water system, and a lowland habitat area/bioswale and a reflecting pool constructed in the basin. The project complies with federal and state mandates, seismically strengthens key water infrastructure on Portland’s west side, and helps ensure a healthy, resilient, and secure water system.
Speakers at the groundbreaking event included:
The ceremony was held at the Washington Park Chiming Fountain.
Washington Park is open during project construction. For information about the project, including park impacts, travel options, and to sign up to receive monthly updates, please visit www.portlandoregon.gov/water/wpreservoirs.