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Big changes coming to Washington Park reservoirs

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Mock-up of changes to be done to Washington Park reservoirs. (Photo: Portland Water Bureau) Mock-up of changes to be done to Washington Park reservoirs. (Photo: Portland Water Bureau)
(Photo: Portland Water Bureau) (Photo: Portland Water Bureau)
(Photo: Portland Water Bureau) (Photo: Portland Water Bureau)
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Big changes are coming to the 120-year-old reservoirs up at Washington Park after Portland's City Council approved a more than $150 million project.

Mock-ups of the changes were revealed on Thursday.

The mock-up shows a reflecting pool will be built on top of one of the reservoirs. There will also be a wildlife habitat.

The project in Washington Park has been years in the making, and stems from federal requirements to cap open air reservoirs. There is also concerns about earthquake safety.

"This reservoir basically provides water to all of the west side, about six hospitals, over 20 parks. Everyone on the west side of the Willamette gets water out of Washington Park and that use will continue, and what that will give us is another 100 years of use," said Teresa Elliott with the Water Bureau.

The construction starts in a couple weeks but it likely won't be finished for a few years.

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