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Mt. Tabor Open House: Help Us Tell the Story of the Mt. Tabor Reservoirs

Mt. Tabor Reservoir Historical Photo

PCC Southeast Campus MapJoin us for an open house exploring ideas for interpretive displays about the historic reservoirs and Portland’s water system.

Mt. Tabor Reservoirs Interpretive Displays Open House
Time: 10 a.m. - noon
Date: Saturday, April 14, 2018
Location: Portland Community College SE Campus, Community Hall Annex, 2305 SE 82nd Ave.
Coffee and pastries will be provided.

About this Project

For more than a hundred years, Mt. Tabor formed a major part of Portland’s water system, with most of the city’s water passing through reservoirs on its slopes.

To comply with new drinking water regulations, the Portland Water Bureau disconnected Mt. Tabor’s uncovered reservoirs from the drinking water system in 2015. As part of the disconnection, the Water Bureau agreed to create interpretive displays honoring Mt. Tabor’s important place in the city’s water system.

The Water Bureau is working with stakeholders, including the Mt. Tabor Neighborhood Association, to design interpretive displays and mobile app content that will tell the story of the reservoirs to park visitors.

More Information

Visit the Mt. Tabor Reservoirs Preservation Project to find out more about this project and others.

For more information, contact Tom Carter at

Please contact us for translation or interpretation, or for accommodations for people with disabilities: 503-823-7432 (TTY: 503-823-6868, Relay Service: 711).

178 Parking Spaces and Restored Traffic Flow Are Coming to Washington Park

Washington Park directions

Upcoming Access Improvements at Washington Park
  • All entrances and exits will be open.
  • The historic park entrance at SW Park Place will reopen to vehicles.
  • Sherwood Blvd, which links the gardens to the SW Park Place entrance and the Children’s Playground will reopen.
  • 178 parking spaces will be restored near the Japanese and Rose Garden.
  • Read the full list of traffic updates and impacts.

The Water Bureau’s Washington Park Reservoir Improvement Project is bringing a “reservoir of the future” to Washington Park.

When complete, the new reservoir will be able to withstand the potentially catastrophic effects of a major earthquake and will supply water to 360,000 people on the west side of the river.

All the construction in Washington Park has meant that park visitors and neighbors have had to be patient with traffic pattern changes and reduced parking options.

Good news: Starting this weekend, your visit to Washington Park’s world-class attractions is about to get a little bit more spectacular.

This Weekend: More Parking and Better Access

This weekend, construction crews will restore much of the traffic flow in Washington Park affected by the Reservoir Improvement Project. These restoration efforts will be fully in place by Monday morning.

All streets that were temporarily closed or had traffic flow changes related to this project will be reopened and returned to their typical traffic patterns. Approximately 178 of the 220 parking spaces that were closed will be reopened.

Residents and visitors to the park should still expect delays, and watch for signs, plan extra time for trips, and consider alternate routes and modes of transportation to get to destinations.

More Information

Read the full traffic advisory – including a complete list of traffic updates and park impacts – on the Water Bureau News webpage.

Get Involved: Join the Portland Utility Board

Portland Utility Board meeting

Do you want to have a part in overseeing the important work we do?

The Portland Utility Board (PUB) is made up of community volunteers that help guide City Council in the management of the Portland Water Bureau and our partner agency, the Bureau of Environmental Services.

And City Council is looking for volunteers to join the Board.

What’s involved in PUB service?

The PUB meets monthly to craft advice for City Council on each bureaus’ financial plans, capital improvement projects, public policies, rates, and more.

We welcome diversity. You do not need to be a policy wonk or utility expert to care about the Portland’s critical water and sewer infrastructure.

Learn More and Apply

Visit the City Budget Office PUB website to find out more.

How One Multi-Family Property Saved Over 11,000 Gallons of Water Per Day

Water use data tells a tale.

Commercial water efficiency expert looks for leaks. Data is fun. Here at the Portland Water Bureau we think water data is especially fun.  Even more thrilling is when water use data tells a happy story. This is one such tale.

The Water Bureau’s water efficiency team – your experts in helping save water and money – was contacted by a multi-family property owner because of unusually high water use. After our team reviewed historic water use data for the property, it was clear there was an issue – water use was six times higher than it had been the previous year!

What’s Behind the 11,000 Gallon Leak?

Water efficiency staff visited the property and found a significant number of toilets had leaky flappers. This seemly small issue was resulting in an average of over 11,000 gallons of water loss each day at the 50-unit complex.

Toilets are the number one cause of leaks in all building types, and toilets can fail before their time. It’s always a good idea to check for toilet leaks.

And here comes the happy ending.

After the leaks were identified, the property owner replaced all flappers in the building’s toilets. Today, average daily water use is back to what it was with the benefit of about $220 per day in water savings.

Do you know a multi-family property that could use some water efficiency assistance?

Check out our water efficiency resources for multi-family customers.

Portland Water Filtration Survey: Tell Us What is Important to You

Take the Bull Run treatment survey

Last August, Portland City Council held a hearing to discuss options for compliance with a federal rule requiring water treatment for the parasite Cryptosporidium. City Council voted unanimously to direct the Water Bureau to begin planning for a water filtration facility.

Since then, the Water Bureau assembled a team that has started work on the planning for the 10-year filtration project.

And now our filtration team wants to hear from you – our customers.

We want to hear what matters to you about the quality of your drinking water and the value to consider in planning the filtration plant.

Share Your Thoughts: Take the 5-Minute Survey

To provide your thoughts, please take a few minutes now to complete the online survey at the link below.

Take the Treatment Survey

The survey results will provide valuable information to the City in making decisions on the filtration plant.

More About Bull Run Water Treatment

The Portland Water Bureau is planning for changes to how Bull Run water is treated.

While water from the Bull Run Watershed is considered some of the cleanest in the nation, it still requires treatment to meet federal standards and protect public health.

Over the next 10 years, the Portland Water Bureau will be making two major treatment changes to the Bull Run.

The first is enhanced corrosion control, which will be in place by April 2022. This will reduce the risk of lead and copper leaching from home plumbing by adjusting the pH, or corrosivity, in the water system. Learn more.   

In addition to enhanced corrosion control, the Portland Water Bureau will be installing a new filtration plant that will remove sediments and organisms such as Cryptosporidium that can cause illness. Learn more.