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Safeway Pump Station

Construction begins, Summer of 2017

Updated 7/24/17

Button. Click to sign up for email updatesEnvironmental Services is rebuilding 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.

The Safeway remodel project began in July and is expected to take approximately a year to complete.

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 a travel lane during construction hours, but flaggers will direct motorists and cyclists.

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.

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During construction, we will be sending out 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 Email Aaron.

Contact Aaron Abrams with questions or concerns at 503-823-2827 or

What to expect during construction

  • Work will be conducted in multiple phases with periods of inactivity between each phase ranging from a few days to a few weeks.
  • Except for night work, construction hours will be 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The contractor may also schedule work during the same hours on Saturdays.
  • Construction creates noise, vibration and dust and may disrupt normal activity nearby.
  • The contractor will maintain access to Safeway and other local businesses.
  • A city inspector will be on-site during work hours and may be able to assist you with an immediate need during construction.
  • Sewer, water, and other utilities will remain in service during construction.

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.