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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 discover, stop discharge to Woods Creek, tributary of Fanno Creek in SW Portland

Sanitary Sewage Release Advisory

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

(May 20, 2020) - City crews on Friday afternoon discovered sewage from a private pipe on the 5700 block of SW Multnomah Boulevard discharging to Woods Creek, a tributary of Fanno Creek.

Crews reported to the scene around 3 p.m. Friday and stopped the release around 9 p.m. They installed a pumping system to direct the flow from the private pipe into the city’s sewer system.

Warning signs have been posted in the area. As a precaution, the public is advised to avoid contact with Woods Creek and nearby Fanno Creek for at least 48 hours because of the possibility of increased bacteria in the water. 

The City is continuing to investigate this incident, which is similar to one that occurred in 2017 (

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.


Media contact: Diane Dulken 503-823-6724 - phone only, no email.

Note: My email is down due to technical issues, please phone or text.  For Monday, May 11, Aaron Abrams is PIO on duty. He may be reached then at or 503-823-1138