A new reservoir at Kelly Butte in Southeast Portland is now serving pristine Bull Run water to customers across our community.
For 43 years, a 10 million gallon above-ground tank stored water at Kelly Butte. In 2012, the Portland Water Bureau began work on a new, larger reservoir to serve Portland’s growing population.
The new reservoir includes two underground cells that hold 25 million gallons of water. Bull Run water fills the Kelly Butte reservoir, which then serves East Portland businesses and families. The reservoir also serves as a water stopover for reservoirs and storage tanks in Southwest Portland.
The storage tanks are now underground, so they have disappeared from view. Crews will continue working this year to construct access roads and fences, and to complete landscaping – including planting more than 1,660 trees and 7,250 scrubs across the entire site.
Check out the Water Bureau’s website for more information.
Andrew Theen in The Oregonian
Kristian Foden-Vencil in OPB