BEND, Ore. -

It’s hard to believe, but until the 1980s, the only sewer pipes Bend owned were located in the downtown area. In other areas, Bend homeowners and businesses got rid of sewage individually, either by a drain hole or by septic tank and drain field.

Even today, Bend’s sewer collection system is still a hodgepodge of undersized pipes and hundreds of pumps.  There are a few parts of town still not connected to sewer lines.

The Sewer Infrastructure Advisory Group is a citizen panel appointed by the City Council to find an affordable solution for Bend’s pressing sewer problems.

The Advisory Group invites the public to an Open House on Thursday, June 19 at the Brooks Street Riverfront Plaza (875 Brooks St.) from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. to learn more about their recommended solutions.

Bend’s Public Works Department will also display the large equipment used to clean and maintain sewer lines and pump stations.

Food and refreshments will be served.  SIAG members and the City of Bend encourage residents to bring their friends and family to this child friendly event and learn more about Bend’s sewer system—and what it will take to fix it.