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Bull Run Reservoir the pristine source of Portland's drinking water. Water so good from the tap it tastes bottled.

Bull Run Reservoir.
Bull Run Reservior
Because of water mismanagement elsewhere, the EPA requires a waiver for Portland's open reservoir drinking water system. The city, looking to cut costs, is instead planning on putting this water in underground tanks. Tanks that will then leech their composite impurities into our water. These tanks will also be built by contractors keen on making some of that taxpayer funded money.

The citizens of Portland say no. We want no part of it.

A working group of citizens supporting healthy and affordable Bull Run drinking water. We are asking elected officials to immediately call for an EPA / Congressional Waiver exempting Portland from the scientifically unsupported EPA Long Term 2 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule (EPA LT2). An EPA regulation addressing a public health problem that does not exist, and never will.

Without an EPA Safe Drinking Water Act Waiver, Portland will have to cover our open reservoirs and continue with the uncertain costs of adding unnecessary artificial UV radiation drinking water treatment in the Bull Run watershed. These actions will result in significantly degrading our drinking water quality with toxic and carcinogenic chemicals while adding undue financial hardship on residential and commercial customers. We ask that Portland’s open reservoirs and the pristine Bull Run watershed be recognized for their long public health history of clean, safe drinking water for over 100 years.

Mt.Tabor is the tree lined ridge in the foreground of this image of Mt.Hood


The Mt.Tabor reservoir.

Mt. Tabor, November 2007

Mt.Tabor is one of four dormant cinder cone volcanos in the city of Portland. This reservoir is over one hundred years old. The likelihood of raw sewage climbing the mountain to contaminate this reservoir is minuscule. Water and sewage still run downhill, not up.

Occupy Mt.Tabor will begin Their protest by camping on Mt.Tabor to bring awareness to the residents of Portland of yet another attack on our water supply in the name of cost cutting.

"the reservoirs will be under occupation/guardianship of, by, and for the people."

CALL TO ALL CITIZENS!since our city leaders are not listening,we must send a louder message.Portland does NOT need to tear down it's reservoirs.we the rate payers cannot afford it.

sooooo, let's do what we do best-
major rabblerousing.

meet us on the mountain and bring your tents.
and plan on staying for a while...
visit for more information

So bring your tents, and pack it in, pack it out.
Meet us at SE 60th & Hawthorne at 5pm, on Friday! We'll rally, then head to our occupation site to establish Camp Cascadia. Bring your friends, bring your family!

Originally posted to Occupy Wall Street on Wed Jul 10, 2013 at 09:46 AM PDT.

Also republished by Koscadia, Daily Kos Oregon, PDX Metro, and DK GreenRoots.

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