Bend’s sewer collection system is near capacity. In some areas, existing sewer pipes routinely approach overflow levels. In parts of the city it is difficult for Bend to add any major new employer or residential development. The Colorado Lift Station (a lift station is a large pump station) project upgrades and replaces the undersized and deficient Shevlin station in McKay Park. The improved station will relieve critical sewer capacity issues on Bend’s westside. It is sized to provide capacity for businesses and residents inside the current UGB. Read more about the project in the city’s handy fact sheet.