Major Water Main Failure Turns Portland into a Floating City

Major Water Main Failure Turns Portland into a Floating City

Portland recently became a floating city. A major failure of a water main caused millions of gallons of water to flood streets, homes and businesses in Northeast Portland.

A 30-inch-diameter pipe gave way and a geyser was seen bursting several feet into the air from the site of the break. The burst lasted for hours turning roads into rivers and flooding homes along both sides of the street. Water flowed into businesses, homes and basements.

City officials worried about health hazards with people becoming contaminated from the sewer system or hurt from unstable ground. They don’t know what caused the rupture but it was a likely culprit witnessed and experienced by many all over the nation: a combination of aging infrastructures and pressure due to freezing and thawing of the ground.

Portland’s water system experiences about 200 water line breaks per year. But most of them are in 4- to 8-inch pipes.

If you are looking for information on protecting, lining and repairing pipes, or for the nearest installer, contact Perma-Liner today. Perma-Liner is the leading manufacturer and supplier of trenchless pipeline rehabilitation equipment and materials in North America. For 20 years, we have developed systems to rehabilitate existing sewer systems without excavation. Our experience in the CIPP industry has allowed us to design, patent and manufacture state of the art technology in order for us to repair structures without excavation.

In addition to our underground pipe repair solutions, we also offer a wide array of vertical pipe repair solutions for high-rises, simple residential applications or industrial and factory facilities.

If you have a failing pipeline please reach out to us and chat with one of our highly skilled relining experts about the CIPP repair method. That call could save you thousands of dollars on your broken pipe repair project. What are you waiting for? Contact us today.

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