PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — After a KOIN 6 News investigation revealed the Powell Butte Reservoir is failing its leak tests — and leaking roughly 200,000 gallons of water each day — nearby residents received letters from the Portland Water Bureau that said the report was “misleading.”
The letter was written by PWB public information manager Tim Hall and was placed on the doors of 71 homes at Meadowcrest Farms Estates.
KOIN 6 News spoke with Hall about the letter, and he could not come up with a single answer to support his claims the story was misleading. He said the letter to homeowners in the area was to re-assure them they were safe.
The KOIN 6 News story never said residents weren’t safe.
Hall declined to an interview Thursday.
KOIN 6 News took a stack of documents to the neighbors and let them read through them. The PWB did claim exemption from disclosing some documents to KOIN 6 News.
After reading, one resident said it seemed the water bureau is “trying to cover something up.”
“That’s not good and another thing would be I’m concerned just as a taxpayer,” resident Tammy Harris said.