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Night Paving on SW Macadam Avenue Scheduled

By Teresa Black

As part of the Hannah Mason Pump Station construction project, crews will be conducting night paving on SW Macadam Avenue near the intersection of SW Nevada Street.

To minimize traffic disruptions, work will begin on Friday, November 20 at 8:00 p.m. and be complete by 9:30 a.m. Saturday, November 21. During road paving, SW Macadam Avenue will remain open in both directions but traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction and some turn lanes may be affected.  As with any construction project, safety is our first priority. Please obey flaggers and all construction signs.

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 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. We will keep neighbors, local businesses and other stakeholders updated as work progresses.

For more information, visit the project website:

Celebrating our Groundwater Source

By Lindsay Wochnick Add a Comment

Portland geology by tram, train, and footAt the Portland Water Bureau, we always appreciate groundwater.

The city's 27 wells give us a reliable water supply during turbidity events and long, dry summers.

Groundwater was especially important this year. This long, dry summer meant we used groundwater more than we ever have before.

You can learn more about the rock layers that make this all possible by taking a self-guided field trip of Portland's geology (written by Oregon's State Geologist!).

Take a Dip in Our News Stream

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On average, the Water Bureau sends out three to four press releases each month. To register to automatically receive alerts or releases, follow these steps: 

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Since 2011, the Water Bureau has utilized the Water Blog to help share information and knowledge.

The Water Blog, built into the Water Bureau’s website, is just one tool to help distribute important information to thousands of customers. In fact, in 2014, the blog was accessed by more than 1.5 million readers.

The blog is a platform for a variety of topics, and includes detailed articles on how the Water Bureau is:

  • Replacing and maintaining the aging water system infrastructure (repairs, replacements, and upgrades).

  • Providing excellent quality water for customers.

  • Improving responsiveness to customer needs.

  • Promoting engagement of the community. 

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Workshop Preps Water Utilities for Cyanobacterial Bloom Events

By Lindsay Wochnick Add a Comment

Genera & toxins information presented at workshopOn September 16, the Portland Water Bureau hosted a Water Research Foundation (WaterRF) workshop on cyanotoxins at the Water Resources Education Center in Vancouver, Washington.

The workshop was led by Kim Linton from WaterRF and David Cornwell and Damon Roth from EE&T Inc., an environmental engineering consulting firm. The workshop was well attended by staff from the Water Bureau, Oregon Health Authority, and other Pacific Northwest utilities includes suppliers from Washington and Oregon, including those from Tacoma, Tualatin Valley, Lake Grove, Medford, Salem, Clackamas, and Washington County. 

Workshop on cyanotoxins  
Participants attended presentations on the monitoring, treatment, and communication aspects of cyanotoxins and exchanged ideas with other water providers during group discussions.

Cyanobacteria blooms, often referred to as blue-green algae, can be a common occurrence in surface water often resulting in taste and odor episodes for utilities. However, these same organisms can produce cyanotoxins and may cause public concern.

Fortunately, the Water Bureau does not see elevated levels of cyanobacteria in the Bull Run reservoirs.

The issue gained media attention in August 2014 after more than 400,000 people were left without safe drinking water in Ohio and Michigan when the cyanotoxins levels caused a Do Not Drink Order during a Lake Erie algae bloom. The Environmental Protection Agency also recently released a public health advisory on the topic.

TRAFFIC ADVISORY: Pedestrian Crossing Signals Down in All Directions at SW Macadam Avenue and SW Nevada Street

By Jaymee Cuti Add a Comment

Portland Water Bureau crews working on a water line on Southwest Macadam Avenue at Southwest Nevada Street broke an electrical conduit, which operates the pedestrian crosswalk signals.

The Portland Bureau of Transportation is working on the repair, and expects it to be completed by Saturday, Nov. 14.

Pedestrians should use caution when crossing the street with the traffic light. Motorists should take extra care in watching for pedestrians in these crosswalks.

At the time of the conduit break, Water Bureau crews were working on the Hannah Mason Pump Station project, replacing the aging Fulton Pump Station that provides water service to areas of Southwest Portland. For more information, visit the project website: