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Maintenance & Construction Crews Hard at Work throughout the City

By Lindsay Wochnick

Portland Water Bureau Maintenance & Construction (M&C) crews are called upon to conduct a variety of tasks in order to upgrade and maintain the water system that provides fire protection and delivers high quality drinking water to almost a million Portlanders. 

Crews working around the city can be found removing, installing and repairing water meters, hydrants, valves and pipelines. They work in all weather, and emergency crews are prepared to respond in the dead of night, when needed.  Assigned work can be straightforward or complex, and working conditions can sometimes present unique challenges.

 Narrow streets like this one in the West Hills create unique safety and access challenges for our field crews.

A recent water main replacement project in Portland’s southwest hills proved complex for the M&C crew connecting the newly installed eight-inch ductile iron water main to the two existing mains on each end. The road was not only narrow, but in fact was the only way in and out of a system of dead-end streets. Residents and emergency vehicles needed access to the road with very short wait times. The M&C crews worked fast to finish the “tie-ins” and keep the road clear for residents.

Terry Black

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