The Fremont Pump Station, located on NE Fremont Drive near NE 89th Avenue, is a sewage pump station owned and operated by Environmental Services. Originally constructed in 1969, the pump station requires a facility upgrade to improve reliability and accommodate predicted future flows. While the pump station structures will largely remain unchanged, aside from new roofing and minor repairs, the pumping system will have several upgrades. This project will help to ensure the pump station operates safely and efficiently to protect public health, water quality, and the environment.
Construction began in October 2018 and is anticipated to take about a year to complete.
The Fremont Pump Station pumps sewage and stormwater from the Gregory Heights sanitary sewer basin, primarily east of NE 82nd Avenue south of the Grotto, to the Columbia Boulevard Wastewater Treatment Plant in north Portland. The pump station service area contains 298 acres of commercial, industrial and residential properties and undeveloped area not currently connected to the public sewer.
Substantial clogging resulting from an abundance of so-called “flushable” wipes has been observed at the pump station, requiring on average 12 hours per week maintenance response to unclog the pumps. Products advertised as flushable – like some wipes and diapers – don’t break down in water and frequently block sewer pipes. For more information about what not to flush, visit www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/WhatNotToFlush.
Pump Station Improvements
While the pump station structures will largely remain unchanged, aside from new roofing and minor repairs, proposed improvements to the pumping system will include the following:
- Replace two of the existing drywell pumps with a single upgraded pump to alleviate clogging
- Replace the piping and sumps to current standards
- Replace the portable standby power generator with a quieter floor-mounted unit
- Install additional noise reduction equipment
- Replace all mechanical, electrical and control equipment and systems
- Install new flow meter and vault
- Upgrade the heating and lighting systems
- Install a ventilation system and provisions for future odor controls to address intermittent odor concerns
- Replace the water service to the pump station to the water meter in Fremont Drive
- Replace the reduced pressure backflow prevention system
- Make several minor exterior and interior repairs, including a fresh coat of paint to the pump station’s exterior
- Replace one ailing tree with two smaller trees on site.
What to Expect during Construction
You can expect the following activities and impacts during construction:
- Construction creates noise, vibration, and dust and disrupts normal neighborhood activity.
- Local access to all properties and driveways will be maintained, but large equipment entering and exiting the work site may delay access.
- You should expect traffic delays in and near the work area. Please observe traffic control signs and follow the directions of flaggers.
- On‐street parking may be restricted in and near the work area to create a safe work environment and to stage equipment and materials.
- Some equipment and materials may be stored on your street overnight.
- There may be periods of inactivity between construction phases due to a variety of factors including weather, subcontractor schedules, and availability of materials.
- Please contact city outreach staff member Cheryl Kuck at 503-823-7898 or email Cheryl if you have concerns such as business operations, disability issues, or medical or business deliveries.
- 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.