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Looking for feedback on 10th Street Water System Project, which includes removal of reservoir

Keeping up with local government can be tricky, and even seasoned veterans have difficulty deciphering agenda items at times.

So with our "What's On Deck" posts, we'll pick an upcoming agenda item (or two), fill you in and — when necessary — try to break through the city-speak.

In this edition, we look at an open house scheduled tonight to garner feedback on what the City calls the 10th Street Water System Project. The open house is scheduled for 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the New Thought Center for Spiritual Living (1040 C Ave., Lake Oswego).

What is the project?

After updating its 2001 Water System Master Plan in 2018, the City targeted several significant improvements to the 10th Street Reservoir and Pump Station property at the corner of 10th Street and C Avenue. Specifically, the City hopes to remove the reservoir at the property and replace the existing pump station.

The 0.5 million gallon reservoir dates back to 1925 and would not be replaced. Instead, the City plans to build about 2,400 feet of new water pipes that would provide water to the pump station in place of the reservoir.

The 700-gallon per minute pump station on the site would be replaced under modern seismic resiliency standards.

Why is it happening?

According to Project Director Joel Komarek, the near 100-year-old reservoir at the site is seismically vulnerable.

"But it has also been determined to be redundant," Komarek said. "We don't need storage in that zone and that site (anymore). … There is a new reservoir that was built at Waluga – that, and the City has long had plans to add additional (water) storage on the south side of the lake."

What's the timeline?

Construction could start as early as late 2019 and continue into the summer of 2020.

How much does it cost?

Komarek said the City's budget for the project is $2.6 million.

What's the open house for?

"(We want to tell people) what the project is about, why were are doing it," Komarek said. "And to the extend we can, we're always interested in feedback on design features of the new pump station, because that's all people will see when the project is completed."

Where can I learn more?

Go here.

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