UPDATE: the main has been repaired and the closure has reopened in both directions.
Portland Water Bureau crews are responding to repair a water main break on Southeast Market Street between 122nd and 127th avenues. Southeast Market Street will be closed in both directions between 122nd and 127th avenues so crews can make the repair. Crews expect to reopen the closure before the Thursday evening commute. Motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians are urged to use caution around the construction areas.
The pipe is a cast iron four-inch main from 1953. Twenty-four residential water services may be affected. Some people may experience discolored water. Those who have discolored water are encouraged to run the water for two to three minutes. If it does not clear, turn the water off and wait 30 minutes. Then try again and repeat until water runs clear.
The Water Bureau’s Maintenance & Construction crews are called out to repair water main breaks at all hours of the day and night, an average of 200 times a year.
Be our eyes and ears. If you think you’ve spotted a broken main, call our emergency line 24-hrs. a day at 503-823-4874.
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The Portland Water Bureau serves water to almost a million people in the Portland area. Portland’s water system includes two great water sources, 53 tanks and reservoirs, and 2,200 miles of pipes. With 600 employees working on everything from water treatment to customer service, the Water Bureau is committed to serving excellent water every minute of every day.