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Public Invited to Open House on Washington Park Reservoir Improvements Project

By Lindsay Wochnick 5 Comments

You are invited! 

Washington Park Reservoirs 3 and 4Join us at an open house to learn more about upcoming improvements to the century-old Washington Park drinking water reservoirs. Meet and talk with Portland Water Bureau staff, project engineers and landscape architects.

At the open house you can:

  • Review project challenges, issues and considerations
  • Learn about the preservation of historical elements
  • Add to the ideas being explored for  above-ground features of the area

Thursday, July 25, 2013
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
First United Methodist Church, Collins Hall
1838 SW Jefferson Street (see map)

Drop by anytime between 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm.  A 10-minute overview presentation will be given every half hour.

Family Friendly - A children’s activity area will be provided.

Take Transit - The following TriMetlines service the open house location:

  • MAX Blue and Red lines - Goose Hollow stop
  • Bus lines - 6, 58, 68

Participate Online! - If you are unable to attend the open house, please visit the project website between July 25 and August 5 to review displays and comment on project issues and ideas: 

For more project information, contact Tim Hall, Public Information, at 503-823-6926, or

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Joe Walsh

July 22, 2013 at 9:21 AM

The City's Water Dept. should stop all construction of the underground holding tanks or lose the Department in the upcoming vote


Whitney Walker

July 22, 2013 at 1:08 PM

Please stop all construction NOW!!! This is totally unnecessary!! The reservoirs are just fine! A VOTE is in order!!



July 24, 2013 at 2:25 PM

The USEPA March 2009 reservoir compliance schedule is still in effect. It will not change. The deadline to comply with this schedule is December 31, 2020 for the Washington Park Reservoirs.

LT2ESWTR is federal law. Read the 1996 amendment to the 1974 Safe Drinking Water Act. There is no such thing as a waiver/exemption to cover/bury the finished open distribution reservoirs or for treating watershed surface source water for Cryptosporidium in the 8/11/2003 & 1/5/2006 Federal Registers. Read the portions of USEPA's LT2ESWTR pertaining to public water systems that serve > 10,000 population. Construction of new open distribution reservoirs was outlawed February 16, 1999 under the IESWTR, published in the Federal Register December 1998. Read it.



July 25, 2013 at 6:06 PM

This is part of a project that will degrade the quality of our water - for the benefit of large multinational corporate interests against the will of the people. The EPA has admitted that the rule supposedly requiring this is flawed and not backed by science. Please stop all construction and refocus on the peoples interest!



July 30, 2013 at 2:56 PM

Read the following articles regarding the City/Washington Park Reservoirs 3 & 4:

  1. Clarke, D. D., "A Phenomenal Land Slide," Papers, American Society of Civil Engineers, March 1904, Vol. XXX, No. 3, pages 168-238.

2)or Clarke, D. D., "A Phenomenal Land Slide," Transactions, American Society of Civil Engineers, April 6, 1904, Vol. LIII, Paper No. 984, pages 322-412.

  1. Clarke, D. D., "A Phenomenal Land Slide," Proceedings, American Society of Civil Engineers, March, April, May 1904 discussions.
  2. Clarke, D. D. "A Phenomenal Land Slide--Supplement," Transactions, American Society of Civil Engineers, 1918, Vol. LXXXII, Paper No. 1415, pages 767-801. (re: 1904-1906 repairs)
  3. Portland Archives & Records Center, 2) Multnomah County Central Library - closed stacks, 3) original periodical, 4) Portland Archives & Records Center.

Photographs and a land slide map are included. Interesting reading.

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