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Phone: 503-823-7740

Fax: 503-823-6995

1120 SW 5th Ave, Suite 613, Portland, OR 97204

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Sewage advisory: Crews respond to sewage release to Ash Creek in Southwest Portland

UPDATE: This advisory expires on Monday, April 29 at 6 a.m. (Crews stopped the release at 3:30 a.m. Friday.)

Sanitary Sewage Release Advisory

(this is not a combined sewer overflow [CSO] advisory)

(April 27, 2019) – City crews are repairing a broken pipe that has led to a sewage release to Ash Creek in Southwest Portland. The release originates near SW Barbur Boulevard and SW 55th Avenue, and flows through storm pipes to Ash Creek, a tributary of Fanno Creek.

The public is advised to avoid contact with Ash Creek downstream (west) of SW 64th Avenue, as well as Fanno Creek until further notice due to the possibility of increased bacteria in the water. 

Crews are containing the release while repairs are being made. The amount and duration of the sewage release are unknown. Crews will continue working through the weekend to address this incident.  

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The Bureau of Environmental Services provides city residents with programs to protect water quality and public health, including wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration.