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This morning, we celebrated the completion of Portland Water Bureau’s newest drinking water pump station! Congrats, project team!
The Hannah Mason Pump Station is located in Willamette Park, a waterfront recreation area that is important to the southwest Portland community.
Portland Water Bureau employees, City commissioners, a neighborhood committee member, and a Mason family representative all presented at the event and were excited to welcome the beautiful new building to the park. One City commissioner claimed, “It’s the best-looking pump station I’ve ever seen!”
The new station not only looks great, it’s energy efficient and mindfully built. An eco-roof, efficient pumps and valves, and countless other upgrades enables Portland to reduce energy costs by $163,000 a year! The designs also recognized that it is sited on a floodplain, locating pumps and electrical equipment on the second story in the case of a flood.
Who is Hannah Mason and why name a pump station after her?
She was a philanthropist, landowner, and wife to an early Portland mayor, William S. Mason. When she passed in 1908, she owned a majority of the land that makes up Willamette Park.