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Council Crest Roof Replacement

New roof being lifted into place with craneThe Porltand Water Bureau is making significant changes to the Council Crest Tank’s roof and upper section. This tank was built in 1942 and is the highest-elevation water storage tank in southwest Portland. The tank currently serves approximately 1,300 residential and business customers.

What's Happening Now

Monday, April 15, crews placed the new roof on the tank using the crane onsite. The tank remains surrounded by scaffolding and tenting as the paint removal process continues.  

Road Closure Information

Construction will continue through June. During construction, the area around the tank will be restricted to the public. The road around the tank will be closed to vehicle traffic but available to cyclists and pedestrians for up to 45 days, which may not be consecutive. See map HERE.

Repairs and Improvements:

The roof and upper section are being replaced due to deteriorating conditions, and the height of the tank is being increased by 2.5 feet for earthquake resiliency. The extra space will allow water room in the tank to slosh around during an earthquake without causing extensive damage to the tank. The tank is also being repainted.

What to Expect During Construction:

    • Scaffolding will be erected around the tank.

    • Sections will be cut away and new sections will be welded in place.

    • A crane will be used to remove old material and place new materials.

    • The tank will be sand blasted and repainted

    • Materials will be stored on-site.

    • The park road will be closed.

    • Trees will around the tank be trimmed.

Work hours will be 7 a.m.–6 p.m. Monday - Friday. If needed, work is allowed during the same hours on Saturdays.

Thank you for your patience while we work to improve your water system. Please contact us with any concerns. We will always try to respond quickly, and minimize disruptions as possible, while delivering a quality project. Our communications will always be open and honest, and our information as up-to-date as possible.


Rhetta Drennan at 503-823-3028, or email her HERE.  

Did you Know?

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Last updated: March 15, 2019