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TRAFFIC ADVISORY 01/15/13: Water Main Break at NE 22nd Avenue & NE Highland Street

By Robin Hagedorn 5 Comments

January 16, 2013

Portland Water Bureau crews completed the repairs to the cracked 8-inch pipe around 4:00 pm yesterday, January 15, 2013.  The Bureau of Maintenance were then called in to make repairs to the damaged pavement. The intersection is open to traffic. 

In the winter months, the Portland Water Bureau’s crew responds to a larger number of main breaks. On New Year’s Day alone, there were four such incidents. Not all main breaks make the news. Many breaks are with small diameter pipes, with water leaking through breaks in the pavement. These repairs still take time.

Fortunately, your Portland Water Bureau Maintenance & Construction crews are ready for any water system emergency.  

January 15, 2013
1:15 PM

Pipe repairs are still underway. Work may take up to eight hours to complete. Only one property as of now is out of water service.


Water main break at NE 22nd Ave & NE Highland St
Photo courtesy of Terry Black, Portland Water Bureau Public Information

Crews from the Portland Water Bureau are responding to a water main break at the intersection of NE 22nd Avenue and NE Highland Street. Work to repair the 8-inch diameter pipe will quickly get underway once water is shutdown to the pipeline.

The crews will be able to redirect water flows to keep much of the area with water service, but some properties on NE Rosa Parks Way, NE Holman, NE Highland and NE Liberty streets may be temporarily out of water or have lower water pressure while the repair work is underway.

The Portland Water Bureau has received calls from its customers in this area reporting dirty water as a result of the main break. At this time, there is no timetable for the repair to be completed, but normally about six to eight hours. The cause of the break is unknown at this time.

Motorists and bicyclists are encouraged to find alternate routes to avoid traffic delays.

For more information, contact Tim Hall, Public Information, at (503) 823-8064 or (503) 381-0056.


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shawn contreraz

January 15, 2013 at 10:26 AM

Per the water main break on NE 22nd and NE Highland St-

I have observed dirty water from the tap(s) this morning, should my household avoid drinking unfiltered water from the tap? Can the problem be solved with just running the faucet for a period of time,purging dirty water. Thank you.

1616 NE Highland St.
PDX - 97211



Marie King

January 15, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Dirty water suddenly today, both hot and cold (worse) taps. I see the info re NE 22nd/Highland water main break. See previous comment; need fyi instructions re purging home system and a kid and a geezer in this house. If drinkability is an issue, would appreciate a heads up.
6412 NE 32nd Place.....97211

Thanks, Marie



January 15, 2013 at 12:16 PM

The dirty water is caused by turbulance in the water, ie sediment getting disturbed. the same thing happened last year when there was a fire on 22nd and the firefighers used the water hydrants. Water will clear when turbulance stops or pressure drops. Til then do not use hot water to avoid sediment getting into hot water heater, Joe at 1705 Rosa Parks


Lindsay Wochnick

January 15, 2013 at 1:34 PM

Good afternoon Marie,

If you have water service, run the tap at one faucet for about 5 minutes. If the water clears, go around you house and open the other faucets until they clear.

If the water does not clear, please wait one hour and try again. There’s about a mile of pipe that can be affected by a main break. Once the repairs are completed, all of the water will be cleared. Our crews will flush the main from a fire hydrant to get any remaining dirty water out of the system.

Thank you for your patience.

Tim Hall
Manager, Community Information & Involvement
Portland Water Bureau
1120 SW 5th Avenue, 6th Floor
Portland, OR 97204
503-823-6926 - Office


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