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NE Portland Water System Valve Maintenance & Replacement Project

The first of three phases of the Northeast Portland Water System Valve Maintenance and Replacement Project will begin soon near and in the Portland Water Bureau’s Vernon Tank site at Sabin Hydropark on NE 19th and Skidmore. All work will be performed by Portland Water Bureau crews.

Maintaining and replacing aging infrastructure such as valves provides the Water Bureau with the ability to maintain other parts of the water distribution and transmission system without disruption to the water supply. This project will allow water service continuity to occur during present and future maintenance.

The Vernon Tanks and transmission lines provide water to more than 30,000 homes, businesses and critical facilities in North, Northeast, and Northwest Portland.

Vernon Tanks and transmission lines provide water to... 
  • Rivergate
  • St. Johns
  • Hayden Island
  • Swan Island
  • Linnton neighborhood
  • North end of Forest Park/Skyline area
  • 20+ schools
  • Legacy Emanuel
  • Randall Children’s hospitals
  • Portland International Airport

Phase 1: Mid-June through September 

Beginning with pipe and valve delivery the week of June 17, the project will excavate in the public right-of-way in NE Skidmore just west of NE 20th Ave. Two butterfly valves, one 20-inch and one 30-inch, and new piping will be installed underground. Once this installation is complete, the trench will be filled and the road surface restored. This work will take about two to three weeks.

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30-in valve

After the street work is complete, more valve replacement will take place on Water Bureau property adjacent to the Vernon Tank. The project will occupy a small area just north of the Sabin Community Garden through September. Access to the park and garden will not be impacted. The construction area will be fenced off for safety. In this area, one new 30-inch valve will be installed underground to replace two aging gate valves that will be removed from inside the small shed on the property. Work will be intermittent; there will be several weeks of inactivity in the construction area between tasks.

Phases 2 and 3: Winter 2020

Valve maintenance and replacement will also take place in two other locations within the next several months: at NE 33rd and Skidmore, and on the west side of Wilshire Park along NE 33rd. Neighbors and Wilshire Park users will be notified when this work is scheduled in early 2020.


Contact Terry Black at 503-823-1168 or