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Keep Your Lawn Green, Healthy & Water-Efficient with a Knowledgeable Irrigation Contractor

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Installing and maintaining an efficient automatic irrigation system is often more complex than the average homeowner is prepared for. In-ground automatic sprinkler systems require regular maintenance, and sometimes hiring a knowledgeable irrigation contractor is the smart thing to do to ensure the irrigation system continues to perform. 

The Portland Water Bureau has resources available to help customers select a qualified and knowledgeable irrigation contractor: 

  • View a list of landscape and irrigation contractors who are licensed in the State of Oregon, certified by the Irrigation Association (IA), and partners with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) WaterSense Program. The Portland Water Bureau lists these contractors in order to provide customers with information regarding WaterSense labeling by EPA of contractors in Oregon. By listing them, the Portland Water Bureau does not recommend and/or endorse the listed contractors.
  • For a complete list of WaterSense Irrigation Contractors please visit http://epa.gov/watersense/partners/.
  • View an online brochure developed by the Regional Water Providers Consortium on how to select an irrigation contracting business.

For further information on saving water outdoors or to request a hard copy of either of the documents mentioned above, visit www.portlandoregon.gov/water/efficiency or call 503-823-4527.

Water Efficiency Team

TRAFFIC ADVISORY 08/19/14: Lane closure on SW Capitol Highway at SW Terwilliger Boulevard rescheduled for August 20

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The westbound lane of SW Capitol Highway at the intersection of SW Terwilliger Boulevard will be closed tomorrow, Wednesday August 20, 2014 from 9 am to 3 pm, not today, August 19, as reported last night. Workers will close the lane to begin repairs to a broken sewer pipe damaged during water main construction.

Flaggers are stationed to pass traffic through safely. Motorists are reminded to stay alert and use caution as traffic may suddenly stop. Alternate routes are encouraged for motorists to avoid traffic delays.

For more information, visit www.portlandoregon.gov/water/swcarolina

Terry Black
Public Information

 

TRAFFIC ADVISORY 08/18/14: Sewer repair work to close one lane of SW Capitol Highway at SW Terwilliger Boulevard

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The westbound lane of SW Capitol Highway at the intersection of SW Terwilliger Boulevard will be closed tomorrow, Tuesday, August 19, 2014, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm to begin repairs to a broken sewer pipe damaged during water main construction.

Flaggers are stationed to pass traffic through safely. Motorists are reminded to stay alert and use caution as traffic may stop suddenly. Alternate routes are encouraged for motorists to avoid traffic delays.

For more project information, visit: www.portlandoregon.gov/water/swcarolina.  

What Was Your Experience with the May 2014 Boil Water Notice?

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On Friday, May 23, 2014, the Portland Water Bureau issued a citywide Drinking Water Advisory (boil water notice) to all of its customers telling them to boil their drinking water because of potential contamination. 

While the Water Bureau always works to keep our drinking water clean and safe, we would also like to improve how we communicate important information to you in an urgent situation.

We want to hear from you about your experience during the Drinking Water Advisory in late May.

Please go to the link below and take a few minutes to complete a short survey. Among the questions, the survey will ask you how you received information and advice on what to do during the incident.

The Water Bureau will use this information to improve the ways we communicate with you and other residential and business customers in the future.

Please click on the following link to complete the online survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PortlandDrinkingWaterAdvisory  

For more information or if you have questions, please contact the Water Bureau Water Line at 503-823-7525.

Celebrate ‘Your Sustainable City’ at Multnomah Days Event

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On Saturday, August 16, the public is invited to southwest Portland’s Multnomah Village to celebrate “Multnomah Days.”  An annual occasion, the event includes a parade, live music, and over 100 vendors showcasing art, food, crafts and other unique merchandise.

Portland Water Bureau staff also will be volunteering at the event to distribute water conservation information as well as materials for other sustainable City programs. These fun events present a great way for the Water Bureau to connect with the community as well as share water knowledge with the public.

Each year, volunteers from the Portland Water Bureau partner with several other City bureaus to provide information on the City’s multiple sustainability-focused programs. This united outreach effort, called "Your Sustainable City," offers a wide variety of information on transportation alternatives, water conservation, recycling, green building, parks services, and stormwater management.

Parking is limited. Citizens are encouraged to ride TriMet buses 44 and 45 or access the area by bicycle. For additional information about the event, visit the Multnomah Village website.