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Interpretive Program

Reservoir picture

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

To comply with drinking water regulations, the Portland Water Bureau disconnected Mt. Tabor’s original uncovered reservoirs from the drinking water system in 2015. One covered reservoir on Mt. Tabor still stores drinking water. 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 Portlanders, including representatives the Mt. Tabor Neighborhood Association, to design interpretive displays and mobile app content that will tell the story of the Mt. Tabor reservoirs to park visitors.

The project team is: The Portland Water Bureau, the Mt. Tabor Neighborhood AssociationHistorical Research Associates, Inc., and Bryan Potter Design.