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Bull Run Filtration Construction Activity

Engineering And Design
The Portland Water Bureau is building a Filtration Facility and Pipelines that will be key components of a more resilient water system. The Filtration Facility and Pipelines are needed to meet federal and state drinking water regulations and will be in operation by Sept. 30, 2027.
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Upcoming Construction Activity

The Filtration Facility and Pipelines are currently being designed. Construction is expected to begin in 2023.   

Construction for the Improved Corrosion Control Treatment project, is currently underway at our Lusted Hill facility located at Lusted and Cottrell roads. Visit the Improved Corrosion Control Treatment Construction page for activities located at the Lusted Hill facility, on the corner of Cottrell and Lusted Roads.

Filtration Facility Site Drilling July 6 -14, 2021 (Postponed)

Map image of filtration July 2021 site drilling location at the southeast corner of the filtration facility site

To prepare for design of the new pipelines and facility, workers will be drilling at the filtration facility site to gather information about soil conditions.

Drilling at the southeast corner of the facility site is expected to begin Tuesday July 6, 2021 and be completed July 14, 2021.

The field work will be limited to 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday.

There will be significant noise during the drilling, typically ranging from 70 to 80 dBA (similar to the sound of a medium-sized tractor).

Construction Contract Notices

MWH Kiewit (a joint venture) is the Construction Manager/General Contractor (CM/GC) for the Filtration Facility.

A Request for Proposals the Filtration Pipelines CM/GC has closed and a contractor will be selected later in this year. 

Prioritizing Safety 

Safety is our priority. We are continuing work on critical water infrastructure projects like the Bull Run Filtration project during the pandemic. Our teams are following public health guidance to maintain social distancing and other appropriate safety precautions.

Good Neighbor Commitment

We are committed to being a good neighbor throughout the life of the project. This includes ongoing outreach to share information about project progress and invite feedback. We are also working with the Bull Run Filtration Site Advisory Group to build towards a Good Neighbor Agreement that will help make sure neighbors’ concerns are considered through design and construction and into ongoing operations. 

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