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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

Crews have identified
some areas inside the tank where the lining needs to be replaced. This is work that was not previously a part of this project. The contractor will be mobilizing two large trailers and equipment into the park to help with this
work. This may cause temporary traffic delays within the park. This extra work will extend the project to the end of June.

Road Closure Information

The road through the park is now OPEN, and will remain open until the project is completed and equipment and material need to be moved out of the park.

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.  

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Last updated: May 13, 2019