PORTLAND -- The city of Portland is getting ready to disconnect the open-air reservoirs at Mt. Tabor and they want to hear what neighbors think about it.

The first of three public meetings to discuss the project will happen Tuesday night, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at Warner Pacific College in Southeast Portland.

More: Download PDF guide to construction project

The meetings will let neighbors see plans for work set to begin in early 2015, as part of a federal mandate to replaced Portland s open-water reservoir system with one that uses closed containers.

The reservoirs must be disconnected by Dec. 31 of 2015, according to the city.

More: City of Portland's disconnection project page

New containers have been constructed on Powell and Kelly buttes.

The open-reservoirs system, largely regarded as an historical asset, have been the flashpoint for endless controversies from protests over the city's efforts to cap or replace the system to a recent incident where the city pumped a Mount Tabor reservoir clean because a teenager had allegedly urinated in it.

More: Portland doesn't flush water after all

According to the city, the disconnection project will:

  • Disconnect existing pipes entering and leaving the open reservoirs
  • Reroute other pipes so that water flows around the reservoirs
  • Install news pipes on the south side of Mt. Tabor and along Southeast Lincoln Street
  • Temporarily close Reservoir 1 in order to make a new connection between the bypass pipes.

The city wants to hear what residents want to do with the reservoirs after they are disconnected. Contact the city here with your ideas.

The meeting will take places at Warner Pacific College s McGuire Auditorium.

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