Friends of the Reservoirs Petition to Portland City Council: Save Our Reservoirs sign now

Portland, Oregon

Petition to the Portland City Council
Considering the Destruction of the Mt. Tabor Reservoirs

The Friends of the Reservoirs and other affected citizens ask that:

Whereas an eight to five majority of the Independent Review Panel recommended against the burial and for a risk mitigation plan;

Whereas the reservoirs at Mt. Tabor are irreplaceable landmarks listed on the National Register of Historic places and serve a significant role in the cultural and social life of the City of Portland as well as fulfilling their role as utilities in a sustainable and aesthetic fashion;

Whereas the drinking water supplied by the Mt. Tabor reservoirs meets or exceeds federal and state drinking water standards, as confirmed by the panel's consultant;

Whereas the proposed EPA guidelines allow for open water reservoirs in conjunction with a State-approved mitigation plan in lieu of burial;

Whereas the threat of terrorist contamination is of low probability and the potential for health-harmful vandalism is minor, as confirmed by the panel's consultant;

Whereas the seismic threat to the Mt. Tabor reservoirs has been studied by experts and found to be minimal and significantly less than serious threats to other public facilities in our community, including water system components and public schools;

Whereas there are simple, inexpensive and aesthetically-compatible ways to address any future threats to the current purity and healthfulness of the water;

Whereas the figures presented by the Panel's own consultant on March 20, 2004, state that burial would cost $112.3 million and mitigation would cost $17.5 million (numbers which we believe underestimate burial costs and overestimate mitigation costs);

Whereas the combined sewer and water rates charged to users of the Portland water system are at least the third highest in the nation;


The following recommendations of majority report of the Independent Review Panel be adopted by City Council:

1. That the Water Bureau, in consultation with community members, develop a risk mitigation strategy that is the least costly and least intrusive and maintains the park's and reservoirs' historic nature;

2. That the Water Bureau, undertake maintenance on the water system that it has been deferring;

3. That all future proposed changes in the water system be considered holistically, in consultation with experts and community members, and with the primary consideration being safety, reliability and affordability.


And additionally, that City Council adopt the following recommendations:


4. That the City seek congressional and legal assistance to fiercely advocate for continuation of state and federal rules that allow for open water reservoirs;

5. That the City embrace and celebrate Mt. Tabor and Washington Park reservoirs as beautiful and healthful components of our City's heritage;

6. That in light of the majority report the City terminate the Mt. Tabor and Washington Park Open Reservoir Replacement Project and its funding.

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