Skip to Main Content View Text-Only

The City of Portland, Oregon

Environmental Services

working for clean rivers

Phone: 503-823-7740

Fax: 503-823-6995

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

More Contact Info

Subscribe to RSS feed

Most Recent

View Less

Sewage Advisory: Broken pipe leads to release to Fanno Creek in Southwest Portland

Sanitary Sewage Release Advisory

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

(April 9, 2020) – Environmental Services crews working at a Southwest Portland pump station discovered a sewage release from a broken pipe this morning. They estimate that about 3,000 gallons seeped from the underground break, a portion of which traveled overland to nearby Fanno Creek. Crews discovered the break around 10:25 a.m. and stopped the flow within 30 minutes.

The location of the release is 3459 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway where Environmental Services operates one of 99 pump stations that help push sewage through pipes to the City’s main wastewater treatment plant in North Portland. 

As a precaution, the public is advised to avoid contact with Fanno Creek downstream of the area for 48 hours because of the possibility of increased bacteria in the water. 

City crews continue to provide critical services during the COVID-19 crisis. If you experience or see a sewer overflow, call the City of Portland’s 24/7 hotline: 503-823-1700.  

Environmental Services also has ongoing construction projects to repair and replace aging sewer and stormwater infrastructure to protect public health, property and the environment. To see current projects, visit 


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. @BESPortland