Council votes: Mt Tabor reservoirs decommissioned

Many believe the open reservoirs are safe and should not be altered

A view of the Mount Tabor Reservoir, July 14, 2015 (KOIN)
A view of the Mount Tabor Reservoir, July 14, 2015 (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The Portland City Council voted to decommission the 3 open reservoirs in Mount Tabor Wednesday morning.

The council previously approved the plan negotiated between the Portland Water Bureau and the Mount Tabor Neighborhood Association. But there was an appeal, and this final vote was necessary.

“The Water Bureau team, they sat down with the group and they went with an open mind and an open heart,” Commissioner Nick Fish said. “I think what they achieved is a real breakthrough.”

The vote means the original plan to preserve the reservoirs in their historic condition will move ahead after they are disconnected.

The work will include removing trees, cutting pipes and other items necessary to comply with the EPA’s rules.

The $7.4 million project should be done by the end of the year.

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