Clackamas River Intake

Lake Oswego’s river intake, also known as the “raw water pump station”, was constructed in 1968, expanded in 1980, and upgraded in 2002.  The facility pumps untreated “raw” water from the Clackamas River to a water treatment plant in West Linn.  From there, treated drinking water is delivered to Lake Oswego residents.

The existing facility has some serious problems:

  • The structure’s concrete floor is decaying and would be costly to repair.
  • Pumps are decades old and suffer from chronic mechanical problems and breakdowns.
  • Electrical and motor cooling systems are inadequate and cannot be upgraded within the existing structure.
  • Reliable pump capacity is only 12 million gallons per day.  Over the past decade, Lake Oswego’s summer peak day demand has regularly exceeded this limit.

Given these problems, upgrading and expanding the existing water intake facility is not a viable option.

A New River Intake Pump Station Under Construction

A new Clackamas River intake pump station, at the western edge of Chief Charles Ames Park, was approved by the Gladstone Planning Commission in 2011. Construction began in June 2013.

The new fish friendly water pump station will deliver water from the Clackamas River to the Lake Oswego Tigard Water Partnership’s water treatment plant in West Linn. The new facility will have the capacity to pump up to 38 million gallons per day (mgd) to serve Tigard and Lake Oswego customers, up from the 16 mgd capacity of the current facility. The new facility has a residential-looking façade, improved fencing, high quality building materials, a drinking fountain and native landscaping. It will be constructed just east of the existing pump station.

The existing facility will be removed. The raw water pipeline that carries untreated water from the intake facility to the water treatment plant in West Linn will also be replaced.

Existing Pump Station
New Design
Existing River Intake Facility New River Intake Design


Project Update

In this video, City of Gladstone Public Works Supervisor, Scott Tabor, explains the benefits that Gladstone will receive by coordinating with the Lake Oswego Tigard Water Partnership team.

Additional Information:

  • May 2013 Meet the Contractor Summary
  • Frequently Asked Question about RIP Construction Handout

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Look Ahead: 

You can find regular updates on the Work Underway page.

Field Updates

Tuesday - November 25, 2014

Gladstone Pipeline and River Intake Construction Update

Installing the electrical transformer and concrete pads at the site.

Intersection at W. Clackamas Blvd. and Portland Ave. closed for safety over Thanksgiving

This update includes construction work in the following areas:

  • River Intake Pump Station (RIPS)
  • Gladstone pipeline work - W. Clackamas Blvd. and Portland Ave.
  • Meldrum Bar Park pipeline work - drilling site

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Thursday - November 13, 2014

Gladstone Pipeline and River Intake Construction Update

Fish screens arrived this week and will be installed over the coming weeks.

Crews placing pipe to connect to the new river intake at the intersection of Portland Ave and W. Clackamas Blvd.

This update includes construction work in the following areas. 

  • River Intake Pump Station (RIPS)
  • Gladstone pipeline work
  • Microtunneling under McLoughlin Blvd.
  • Meldrum Bar Park pipeline work

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Friday - October 31, 2014

Gladstone Pipeline and River Intake Construction Update

The two exterior “pods” will house electrical and mechanical/control equipment.

Threading the 3,900-foot pipe through the tunnel under the Willamette was successfully completed in only 12 hours.

This update includes construction work in the following areas:

  • River Intake Pump Station (RIPS)
  • Gladstone pipeline work
  • Horizontal directional drilling (HDD) under the Willamette River in Meldrum Bar Park

For the most up to date information on construction and road closures, please visit work underway or contact us.

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