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Hannah Mason Pump Station Project Update

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Hannah Mason Pump StationConstruction of the Hannah Mason Pump Station in Southwest Portland is on schedule to be completed in December 2016. The new pump station replaces the aging Fulton Pump Station that was built in 1912. The project area includes Southwest Nevada Street, Southwest Macadam Avenue and several locations within Willamette Park where the new pump station is located. The Water Bureau has been coordinating with Portland Parks & Recreation and other local agencies to integrate this project with ongoing operations and other projects in the area.

In early fall, operations and maintenance training was conducted, and testing began on the pumps. It is anticipated that the pump station will be fully operational in December. 

All restoration work on Southwest Nevada Street, including sidewalks and driveways, was completed in early October. Several sections of the Greenway Trail within Willamette Park received trail improvements as part of a larger project to make improvements to Willamette Park during the pump station construction.

The last few sections of the pump station, including the restrooms, were completed after the final concrete pour of the floor and roof in early November. When construction is complete, the Hannah Mason Pump Station will house five pumps, equipment storage, replace the existing restrooms removed for construction, and will complement the park with a subtle design meant to blend into the surrounding landscape.  

Join Our Team: Engineer – Civil

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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.

Current Opportunity at the Water Bureau

Position   Emp. Type   Salary   Closing Date/Time Join Our Team 
Engineer - Civil  Full Time $42.96 - $52.21 Hourly Open Continuously  Apply Here!

Learn More about the Water Bureau 

For more information regarding career opportunities at the Water Bureau, contact (503) 823-3515 or e-mail.

Portland Water Bureau is Thankful for You

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This holiday season Portland Water Bureau is thankful for the continued availability of clean and abundant water in our region. We are grateful for the beauty of our natural resources and the communities that work hard to keep us connected to our water. We are thankful to you.

As a green city, many Portlanders are already taking steps toward embracing sustainability. There is always more we can do, so here’s our holiday challenge for you: enjoy every moment of your meal, and save your leftovers!

You may not see the connection between savoring your meal for the days following Thanksgiving as an environmentally conscious act, but consider this: growing the food that we eat is up to two thirds of our total water footprint. The US Department of Agriculture estimates that 30 to 40 percent of food is wasted every year—which means that not only are we wasting our food, but also the resources needed to make it (like water!).

To help you on your path to delicious after-Thanksgiving meals, here are a couple suggestions for recipes that use leftovers:

Southwestern Turkey Soup

Crispy Mashed Potato Pancake

Green Bean Casserole Stuffed Mushrooms

TRAFFIC ADVISORY: Water Main Excavation Closes Center and Northbound Lane of SE 82nd Avenue at SE Glenwood Street

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Portland Water Bureau crews will be conducting exploratory excavation that will close the center and northbound lanes of SE 82nd Avenue at SE Glenwood Street, just south of SE Claybourne Street.

The work will be conducted between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Monday November 28, 2016. Cones and barricades will block off the construction zone.

The traveling public is reminded to stay alert and use caution as traffic may suddenly slow or stop. To avoid traffic delays, motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes around the work site.

Designing Our World – An OMSI, Portland Water Bureau Partnership

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Designing Our World, a new exhibit at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) aims to engage underrepresented youth, especially girls, in engineering. OMSI is highlighting the ways in which engineering serves the community and is an important part of everyday life. The exhibition focuses on eight design challenges and visitors can engineer our city with scenarios such as miniature tsunami shelters, the role of gravity in the Portland water system, and bioswales. These collaborative activities were selected for their personal relevance to local residents, and in particular, the water main and bioswale activities allow visitors to engage with creative designs that affect their daily lives yet are often invisible.

These interactive exhibits are supported with engineering profiles featuring local professionals, including Teresa Elliott, the Portland Water Bureau’s first woman Chief Engineer.

“I had a teacher once who told me that women did not have the temperament for math and science. I didn’t mind proving him wrong,” said Teresa. “I am where I am because I love my job, I’m committed to building and maintaining a safe and resilient water system and I have a personal touch that is not necessarily common with my generation of engineers.”

Next time you and your family visit OMSI, stop by the Designing Our World exhibit to dream up your vision of our city, and get to know some of the people who are engineering the real thing.

The Portland Water Bureau and OMSI are proud to partner to help children learn more about their water and its role in our city.

About the Portland Water Bureau

The Portland Water Bureau provides the highest quality water, customer service and stewardship of the critical infrastructure, fiscal, and natural resources entrusted to our care. For general information, call 503-823-7404 or visit

About OMSI

Founded in 1944, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is one of the nation’s leading science museums, a world-class tourist attraction, and an award-winning educational resource for the kid in each of us. OMSI operates the largest museum-based outdoor science education program in the country and provides traveling and community outreach programs that bring science learning opportunities to schools and community organizations in every county in Oregon and throughout the region. OMSI is located at 1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214. For general information, call 503.797.4000 or visit