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Council Crest Roof Replacement

The 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.

Construction Update:

Construction activities have been slightly delayed but will begin in February and continue through June. During construction, the area around the tank will be restricted to the public. For up to 10 days during the project, the park road will be closed to vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians. 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: Council Crest Water Tank Photo

    • 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 road around the tank 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?

For a penny you get about 1.5 gallons of great Portland Tap Water. Compare that to the cost of bottled water.

Last updated: January 8, 2019