Portland council considers underground water tanks

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Portland council considers underground water tanks

PORTLAND — The Portland City Council considers a $57 million contract today for new underground water storage tanks.

The proposal for southeast Portland's Kelly Butte is opposed by Commissioner Amanda Fritz who says it's too expensive and unnecessary to comply with drinking water regulations. Fritz says it would be cheaper to cover Portland's open reservoirs with heavy plastic covers.

The Oregonian reports Water Bureau officials and Commissioners Rany Leonard and Dan Saltzman say plastic covers are a bad idea because they are temporary and don't address the need to upgrade reservoirs to withstand earthquakes.

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