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Geotechnical Testing In Washington Park Scheduled for April

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During the week of April 20, the Portland Water Bureau will conduct geotechnical testing in Washington Park.

The testing will involve a crew using equipment to drill geotechnical test anchors along SW Sacajawea Blvd. on the east side of Reservoir 3 and along the promenade on the north side of the reservoir. The testing is scheduled to be completed by mid-May.

This work is supporting the design for the Water Bureau’s proposed Washington Park Reservoir Improvements Project to build a new below-ground reservoir in the same general footprint as the existing upper Reservoir 3, with a reflecting pool on top. The lower Reservoir 4 will be disconnected from the public drinking water system. A lowland habitat area/bioswale and a reflecting pool are also proposed in the Reservoir 4 basin.

WHAT THE PUBLIC CAN EXPECT

Roads around the work site, including SW Sacajawea Blvd., will remain open with intermittent flagging during setup over the drill locations.  The sidewalk along SW Sacajawea Blvd. will be closed for public safety.  

TriMet bus stop ID 6177 (SW Sacajawea Blvd. and SW Sherwood Blvd.) on Line 63 will be closed from April 20 to May 4.

Park users, including motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians, are urged to use alternate routes, remember to drive slowly, and exercise caution when traveling in the construction area.

The geotechnical testing will assist Water Bureau engineers in:

  • Evaluating soil properties and behaviors.
  • Understanding how soils will perform under certain conditions and how it may impact the proposed construction of the new below-ground reservoir.
  • Evaluating, mitigating, and minimizing potential risks associated with issues such as settlement, load-bearing capacity, slope instability, and water infiltration.

For more information about the proposed Washington Park Reservoir Improvements Project, contact Lindsay Wochnick, Water Bureau Senior Community Outreach & Information Representative, at 503-823-3028 or visit www.portlandoregon.gov/water/wpreservoirs

Thank you for your patience and cooperation as the Portland Water Bureau works to improve the city’s century-old water system.

Lindsay Wochnick
Public Information

Bull Run Working Group Meeting Scheduled

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The public is invited to attend the Portland Water Bureau and Mt. Hood National Forest Bull Run working group meeting on Wednesday April 22, 2015, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM in the in the Bull Run conference room on the 5th floor of the Portland Building at 1120 SW 5th Avenue in Portland.

Under the terms of a 20-year agreement between the Portland Water Bureau and the 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 the Bull Run Watershed website or  www.fs.fed.us/r6/mthood

‘Cozy Up’ to a Pot of Tea in Honor of the Benson Bubblers

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For the past six years, the City of Portland has played host to the Rose City Yarn Crawl, inviting local knitters, crocheters, spinners, and felters to explore the many yarn shops in and around Portland. 

During the crawl, each yarn shop offers featured patterns. This year, shops designed patterns highlighting some of the Portland area’s memorable landmarks and destinations.

Photo courtesy of the Rose City Yarn Crawl Photo courtesy of the Rose City Yarn Crawl

One of the patterns introduced during the yarn crawl was a crocheted “Benson Bubbler Teapot Cozy” by Tinaka Schwendiman.

Photo courtesy of the Rose City Yarn Crawl

This imaginative pattern includes a fountain body, bowls, water, and spouts, and is 20” in circumference at its widest point and 5” tall.

All patterns presented at this year’s crawl, including the “Benson Bubbler Teapot Cozy,” are available for download individually or as part of the 2015 eBook, “Postcards from Portland.”

Join Our Team: Environmental Technician II

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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.

Join our team!


Environmental Technician II 
Closing Date/Time
: Monday, April 20, 2015 4:30 PM Pacific Time
Salary: $26.09 - $33.29 Hourly
Job Type: Full Time
Location: Portland Building, 1120 SW 5th Ave, Oregon 

Environmental Technicians II perform a variety of technical and analytical tasks for environmental, water quality or natural resource science programs. Environmental Technicians II are assigned to programs in both the Water Bureau and Bureau of Environmental Services such as drinking water quality monitoring and compliance, industrial pretreatment and source control, environmental investigations and monitoring, storm water, and watershed and environmental management. Environmental Technicians II work under general supervision and are responsible for planning, coordinating, and conducting water quality sampling, technical investigations and advanced environmental analysis; and coordinating activities and projects as part of large, multiple and/or complex environmental, water quality and natural resources programs. Technicians may also initiate, respond to and/or monitor regulatory compliance at the City, State and Federal levels. Although the current vacancy is in the Bureau of Environmental Services, the Water Bureau may also use this recruitment to fill their future vacancies.

For additional information and to apply for the position, START HERE.

Summer Water Supply

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Recent news about state-wide water-use restrictions in California have brought questions about Portland’s water supply to many customers’ minds.  Portland’s water supply is very different from most of the water supplies in California, and the Portland Water Bureau does not anticipate a need for water restrictions here.

Portland’s primary drinking water supply is the Bull Run Watershed, whose supply comes from rain rather than snow.  The low winter snowpack we have experienced on Mt Hood and other places, doesn’t by itself create water supply challenges for Portland. The amount of precipitation that occurs in April, May and June has a much greater influence on summer water supply in the Bull Run.

Currently our reservoirs in the Bull Run are full, and the Columbia South Shore Well Field, our groundwater source is also available if needed. As stewards of the city’s drinking water, the Portland Water Bureau carefully monitors water levels, weather forecasts, and water use patterns to ensure adequate, clean water for all of our customers.  We will be watching our water supply carefully this summer, as we do every year.

While water supplies are on track for this summer, it is always a good practice to use water wisely.  For information on rebates, free showerheads, and other water efficiency tips visit www.portlandoregon.gov/water/efficiency.

Sarah Murphy Santner
Water Efficiency Coordinator