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Job Seekers, More than 40 Employers to Attend Urban League of Portland’s Career Fair on April 5

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Join the Water Bureau team!

Job seekers and career changers are invited to the Urban League of Portland’s Annual Career Connections Job Fair on Tuesday, April 5, 2016, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Doubletree Hotel  at 1000 NE Multnomah St, Portland, 97232.

The Portland Water Bureau is just one of more than 40 employers scheduled to attend the yearly fair to recruit for qualified candidates.

Other employers include: 

  • Bonneville Power Administration
  • Bureau of Labor and Industry
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Cambia Health Solutions
  • Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare
  • Central City Concern
  • Charter Communications
  • City of Beaverton
  • City of Gresham
  • Clark College
  • Clark County
  • Comcast
  • Country Financial
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • iHeartMEDIA
  • Kaiser Permanente NW
  • Lane County Government
  • Legacy Health
  • Lewis & Clark College
  • Metro
  • Multnomah County
  • NW Natural
  • Oregon Department of Energy
  • Oregon Department of Transportation
  • Oregon Health Science University
  • Oregon State Lottery
  • Oregon Youth Authority
  • Port of Portland
  • Portland Community College
  • Portland General Electric
  • Portland Public Schools
  • Portland Trail Blazers at the Rose Quarter
  • Providence Health & Services
  • Reed College
  • State of Oregon – Department of Consumer and Business Services
  • Travelers Insurance
  • TriMet
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • US Bank
  • US Forest Service
  • Vigor Industrial
  • Warn Industries
  • Washington County
  • Xerox

Job seekers can meet face to face with recruiters who are seeking qualified candidates for positions from entry-level to professional, from management to executive, ranging from construction and retail to government and corporate opportunities.

Join Our Team!
To learn more about career opportunities at the Water Bureau, job seekers are encouraged to visit our Work at Water webpage and stop by our booth at the upcoming career fair.

Dreaming of Summer? Start Planning a Water-Wise Garden Now!

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This past summer was long and dry and your garden and lawn may have suffered. Early spring is the perfect time to take stock of which plants did well, and which didn’t and to make choices that will prepare the garden for next summer.  Here are some tips for how to use your early spring downtime to create a more resilient and beautiful garden:

Research water-wise plants.
Many native plants and adapted plants are well suited to our Willamette Valley climate.  An adapted plant is one that is originally from a comparable climate or is adapted to tolerate similar conditions. They can handle the long dry summers and eight to nine months of “liquid sunshine.” By choosing plants that are right for the conditions in your yard, you can cut down on watering and maintenance costs. Check out these great guides to Water-Efficient Plants for the Willamette Valley and Native Plants for Willamette Valley Yards.  

Make a planting plan. 
Does your yard have full sun, shade or a combination? Is your soil type similar throughout your space or do you have a mix?  By grouping plants with similar drainage, sunlight and water needs you’ll have happier plants and save water. If you want some inspiration or help making a plan, check out these upcoming free naturescaping workshops through East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation DistrictPortland Nursery and Livingscape also offer lots of free gardening educational opportunities.  

Schedule a weekend to mulch.
Mulching your garden is one of the best ways to retain soil moisture to create a resilient and lush garden. Mulching is often easier to do in the spring before perennials have come up. Look at your calendar now and make a plan to mulch. Did you know that some places can even blow the mulch into your garden? This can be expensive, but it is an easy, no mess way to get the mulch in the garden.  Learn more about the benefits of mulch in this OSU Extension article.

Public Encouraged to Sign Up to Receive Urgent Safety Messages

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The City of Portland and Multnomah County are reminding all residents to visit (PublicAlerts) to sign up to receive urgent safety information.

PublicAlerts is able to send messages to landline phones, mobile phones, and email addresses. Alerts are only issued when the public needs to take action to remain safe, such as staying inside, evacuating, or boiling water.

Today (3/30) at 1 p.m., Portland Bureau of Emergency Management (PBEM) Director Carmen Merlo and Multnomah County Department of County Human Services (DCHS) Director Liesl Wendt will be available to demonstrate the system and answer questions.

WHAT: PublicAlerts demonstration and media availability
WHEN: Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at 1-2 p.m.
WHERE: Portland Emergency Coordination Center (SE 99th Avenue and SE Powell Boulevard); please contact Dan Douthit at (503) 793-1650 for parking instructions

PublicAlerts was first launched in 2011. The system used by Portland and Multnomah County was recently improved and is now able to issue safety information in 10 languages other than English, including Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese, Laotian, Arabic, Romanian, Somali and Ukrainian. Residents must sign up to receive non-English messages.

When signing up, residents are also able to indicate if they may have additional needs in an emergency -- such as mobility issues or hearing or visual impairment -- or difficulty communicating with public safety responders.

Visit today to sign up to receive future safety messages.

TRAFFIC ADVISORY 03/29/16: SW Nevada Street Closed to All but Local Traffic Wednesday - Friday, March 30 - April 1

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A Portland Water Bureau water main installation project will close NW Nevada Street from SW Macadam Boulevard to SW Virginia Street to all but local traffic 24 hours a day from Wednesday, March 30 through Friday, April 1. Residents on NW Nevada Street will be able to access their homes from SW Virginia. Work hours are from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

During construction, northbound SW Macadam Avenue traffic will not be allowed to turn left onto SW Nevada Street. The north driveway access to Macadam Village is also closed. Shoppers can enter Macadam Village by the driveway on the south side of Zupan’s Market. All businesses in Macadam Village will remain open.

Travelers are urged to use alternate routes and are reminded to drive slowly, exercise caution, and follow traffic control signs.

Portland Water Bureau's FY 2016-17 Budget Work Session Tomorrow

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As the steward of the city’s 120-year old water system, the Portland Water Bureau developed and recommended to the Portland City Council and our customers a budget that allows it to continue to meet its mission of providing clean and safe drinking water to all of its users.

The Portland Water Bureau will present its FY 2016-17 Requested Budget to Council in a work session from 1 to 2 p.m. on March 29 at Portland City Hall Council Chambers, 1220 S.W. Fourth Ave. The public is invited to observe the work session. The requested budget was submitted in February.

The FY 2016-17 Requested Budget was submitted with the Bureau of Environmental Services for a combined utility bill increase of under 5 percent. This amounts to a $4.55 increase for a typical household per month.

Our budget reflects our priorities and we want you to know that you are getting a good value when you pay your utility bill.  

We provide clean, safe, and reliable water to nearly a million people in the region.

So why increase rates? Topping the list is compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act. We keep in good standing with state and federal regulations to ensure that your water is always clean and safe. Next is the cost of maintaining an aging system. More than 2,000 miles of pipe deliver water throughout the Portland area. While our gravity-fed system is an engineering marvel, many of our pipes are more than 80 years old. We need to invest in our aging system.

Finally, we are committed to making our system more resilient. Portland is at risk of a major earthquake. When the “Big One” hits, we need to be prepared. That’s why the budget includes critical investments in projects that harden our conduits, fortify our facilities, and reinforce our new reservoirs. One of those projects is the Washington Park Improvement Project, which brings 120 year-old reservoirs up to modern seismic standards. In our climate of heightened concern about the risks of a major earthquake, now is the time for a wise resilience project of this magnitude.

No one likes to pay more for a vital service – we get it! The key issue for many is whether we are getting a good value in return.

As Portlanders, we enjoy the highest quality water in the nation. The Bull Run Watershed and Columbia South Shore Well Field meet or surpass all safe drinking water standards. The city delivers two gallons of water to every doorstep for about a penny—that’s a good deal.

Another way of looking at value is to ask what would happen if we cut corners? Flint, Michigan, is a stark reminder that investing in our water system isn’t just good policy, it’s a matter of public health and safety.

The Portland Utility Board (PUB) served as the bureau’s Budget Advisory Committee (BAC). This group is comprised of representatives of key stakeholders that included members of the community and labor representatives. The BAC and representatives of the Citizens‘ Utility Board (CUB) reviewed and provided comments on our requested budget.

Your voice matters, too. There are still opportunities to hear from the families and businesses we serve. The Portland Water Bureau’s requested budget and a calendar of public events are posted online here,

Please support us in our goal of continuing to deliver the highest quality water and customer services at a fair price, invest ratepayer dollars wisely, and protect our precious natural resources for generations to come.