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Bull Run Working Group Meeting Scheduled for October 26

By Teresa Black

The public is invited to attend the Portland Water Bureau and Mt. Hood National Forest Bull Run working group meeting on Monday, October 26, 2015, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Mt. Hood National Forest Headquarters located at 16400 Champion Way in Sandy Oregon.

Under the terms of a 20-year agreement between the Portland Water Bureau and Mt.HoodNational Forest, staff engaged in the management of the Bull Run watershed, Portland’s primary drinking water source, will meet semi-annually each year. The purpose of these meetings is to review work plans, budgets and staff assignments; and communicate accomplishments and issues addressed during the course of management activities. An annual report is presented at the spring meetings.

For more information about the 20-year stewardship agreement between the Portland Water Bureau and the Mt. Hood National Forest, please go to Protection and Stewardship | The City of Portland, Oregon or

TRAFFIC ADVISORY 10/09/15: Night Work on SW Macadam Avenue Scheduled October 13-15; Traffic Impacts Expected

By Lindsay Wochnick Add a Comment

As part of the Hannah Mason Pump Station construction project, crews overseen by the Portland Water Bureau will be working on SW Macadam Avenue near the intersection of SW Nevada Street on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights, October 13-15.

To minimize traffic disruptions, work will begin each night at 10 p.m. and completed by 5 a.m. the next morning.

During construction, SW Macadam Avenue will remain open in both directions but traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction and some turning movements could be restricted. As with any construction project, safety is first priority. Travelers are urged to use alternate routes and are reminded to drive slowly, exercise caution, and follow the direction of flaggers when traveling in and around the construction area.

Crews will do their best to position equipment to reduce noise in the neighborhood. For more information about nighttime work and noise, visit the City of Portland Office of Neighborhood Involvement Noise Control Program webpage, call the hotline at 503-823-7350, or e-mail

Project Information
The Hannah Mason Pump Station is being built to replace the aging Fulton Pump Station on SW Nevada Street. Work began in March 2015 and will continue into fall of 2016. The Portland Water Bureau is working closely with Portland Parks & Recreation and other local agencies to coordinate this project with ongoing operations and other projects in the area. The Water Bureau will keep neighbors, local businesses, and other stakeholders updated as work progresses.

For more information, visit

Low-Income Discount Report Available for Review

By Lindsay Wochnick Add a Comment

On October 5, a work group composed of community members and staff of the Water Bureau and Bureau of Environmental Services submitted their recommendations for expanding city utility discounts in Portland to Commissioner-In-Charge Nick Fish.

The report now goes to the newly-formed Portland Utility Board for their review.

Click here to view the report and appendices.

Electricians Assess Control Panels for Compliance, Performance

By Lindsay Wochnick Add a Comment

Water Bureau electrician checks replacement motor starters for the sump pump controls in an underground vault in SE Portland.Portland Water Bureau electricians conducted an operational and acceptance assessment of newly installed sump pump control panels that became damaged during construction, located within three new vaults installed as part of the Powell Butte Reservoir 2 project.

Using special fall protection personal protective equipment, fresh air monitors, and traffic zone safety measures, electricians worked alongside Water Bureau project managers, inspectors, and the construction manager to confirm integrity of the panels in the vaults.

Assessments such as these are an additional way for the Water Bureau to ensure on-site performance of installed equipment is in compliance and will perform effectively, reliably, and efficiently.

Photo: A Water Bureau electrician checks replacement motor starters for the sump pump controls in an underground vault in SE Portland.

Join Our Team: Civil Engineering Associate

By Lindsay Wochnick Add a Comment

If you're interested in joining an award-winning public utility where employees thrive on the pride of delivering a life-essential product with world class customer service, the Portland Water Bureau might be just the place for you.

The Water Bureau is a recognized leader in the utility industry. We've achieved this success by investing in the very best people and empowering them to find new and better ways to meet our customer's needs.

The Water Bureau currently employs approximately 560 people. All current job postings with the City of Portland are posted online, and updated weekly. We are an equal opportunity employer that values diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Opportunity at the Water Bureau

Position   Emp. Type   Salary   Closing Date
 Civil Engineering Associate Full Time  $30.23 - $40.50 Hourly  10/23/2015

Learn More about the Water Bureau 

For more information on jobs at the Water Bureau, contact the Water Administrative Manager at 503-823-1956 or by e-mail