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Broken water main closes NE Killingsworth between 6th and 8th avenues

The main was a 110-year-old cast iron pipe.
Credit: Cory Long/KGW News
A 110-year-old water main broke on Feb. 23, 2021, shutting down a stretch of Northeast Killingsworth Street in Portland.

PORTLAND, Ore. — A water main break has closed Northeast Killingsworth Street between Northeast Sixth and Eighth avenues, according to the Portland Water Bureau. 

The water bureau said that stretch of Killingsworth will be closed in both directions until the evening commute on Wednesday, Feb. 24, for crews to repair the damaged pipe. Officials said it was a 20-inch cast iron pipe from 1911. 

"Thirty-seven connections may be out of service while the main is repaired," the water bureau said Tuesday, adding that "no homes or businesses are currently out of water."

Some customers may experience discolored water. If your water is discolored, officials say to wait an hour for the system to settle, then run water at one tap for two to three minutes to see if it clears. If it doesn't, wait another hour and try again. Once it clears, run water throughout the house to flush any sediment that may have been drawn into your pipes. 

The Portland Water Bureau responds to an average of 200 main breaks a year. To report a water main break, call the bureau any time at 503-823-4874.

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