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Contracts approved! Now it’s time to design the pipes

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City Council authorize contract with Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc. for Design Services and the Construction Manager/General Contractor (CM/GC) procurement method for the filtration pipelines.

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Preferred pipeline alternatives identified in Oct. 2020 for the Bull Run Filtration Project
Preferred pipeline alternatives identified in Oct. 2020 for the Bull Run Filtration Project

We’re ready to start design of new pipes that will make our water system more resilient. On Dec. 16, Portland City Council approved the final contracts needed for the Bull Run Filtration Project.

“With these two contracts, we bring on expertise to design and build new pipes and keep our compliance schedule on track to deliver filtered water to customers by September 30, 2027,” said David Peters, Bull Run Treatment Program Director.

We’ll start design work using the pipe routes selected with community input. Before we can continue, we’ll need to do additional seismic study and field investigations. Having the designer on board and beginning procurement for the contractor are essential steps as we work toward having a guaranteed maximum price for the filtration facility and the pipelines in 2023. Throughout the project, we will continue to share information with our neighbors and customers and use community values to inform decisions.  

“Our water system is an amazing legacy,” said Gabriel Solmer, Director for the Portland Water Bureau. “We’ve been maintaining pipelines in the area for more than 100 years. We want to continue this proud tradition with new pipelines designed and built to reliably deliver water for generations to come.”

Visit the Filtration Pipeline webpage for more details.