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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 began in June near and in the Portland Water Bureau’s Vernon Tank site at Sabin Hydropark on NE 19th and Skidmore. All work is performed by Portland Water Bureau crews.Garden sign

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 

Two butterfly valves, one 20-inch and one 30-inch, and new piping was installed underground in the public right-of-way in NE Skidmore just west of NE 20th Ave. The road surface has been restored.

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30-in valve

After the street work was completed, more valve replacement took place on Water Bureau property adjacent to the Vernon Tank.

The next task is for crews to replace valves in the structure located with the Community Garden. Crews will access the structure on the west side, so community gardeners will not be impacted.  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