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Do you need to get in touch with your inner-pirate? Practice for "talk like a pirate day?" Want to learn about groundwater - Portland's hidden drinking water treasure? Then join the Portland Water Bureau for Aquifer Adventure - a family friendly pirate-themed groundwater festival. Aquifer Adventure is for anyone who loves seeking treasure, dressing up like a pirate and is interested in learning more about groundwater. We will have fun interactive games, a treasure hunt, live music and food for purchase. Build an edible aquifer, pretend to be a molecule of water traveling through the ground, test your water knowledge and race against the clock to learn about water conservation. New this year is a treasure hunt that will take you along the Columbia Slough to seek clues and fun facts.
Aquifer Adventure is FREE and suitable for all ages. No registration is required. Come prepared to walk, explore and learn fun facts about groundwater. We hope that you can join us.
Saturday, September 18
Noon to 4:00 p.m.
NE 166th Ave. at Airport Way
Check out our cool flier and tell all your friends!
Before a Portland Water Bureau capital construction project starts, you will find Tim Hall, senior public outreach coordinator, out in the community. He'll be talking with people - especially residents and businesses affected by the construction - about the reasons a project is being built and how construction may affect them.
For more than three years Tim has been actively working with homeowners living near Powell Butte as well as park users to address their concerns about the reservoir project and to act on their suggestions. Using posters on park kiosks, articles in community newspapers, public meetings and presentations to local neighborhood associations and interest groups, Tim keeps the public updated on the project's status. He also monitors construction activities to determine if there are any pending community impacts such as road closures, dust and noise.
You'll frequently find Tim at community events like the recent East Portland Expo explaining the work on Powell Butte and the upcoming reservoir construction at Kelly Butte, also located in Southeast Portland. He also works on other projects throughout Portland.
"Updating and improving Portland's 100-year-old water system never stops," says Tim. "My job is helping people understand how the Water Bureau is working to ensure that when they turn on the faucet, clean, safe water flows out of the tap."
Water Bureau electrician Mike Popp is part of a crew of skilled
workers who perform electrical diagnostics, maintenance, repairs,
and installations at various sites throughout the water distribution system.
Did you know Portland has fire hydrants every 1,000 feet (as the crow flies)? That's the standard spacing of fire hydrants in residential areas. In higher-density areas, the standard is every 500 feet. Downtown there are two hydrants for each intersection. Those numbers add up -- to 14,200 hydrants!
Hydrants are color-coded to give important information to firefighters.
The Water Bureau maintains them all - it's an essential public safety function of our city.
Periodically, you will see Water Bureau personnel releasing water from hydrants. Hydrant flushing is necessary to test the hydrants to make sure adequate flow and pressure is available. Flushing is also done to remove sediment from the pipes in order to maintain water clarity and quality in the distribution pipes.
Hickman Butte Lookout is located in the Bull Run Watershed. Forest Service employee Jim Kelley (pictured) watches for fire outbreaks from lightning strikes and provides early warning. Although it doesn't see much fire activity, should a fire start in the watershed, extinguishing it is of high priority to protect the quality of Portland's water supply.
This past summer, Water Bureau engineer Leigh Kojiro and electrical supervisor Marc Crowder went up to lookout to do an evaluation of the existing electrical system powering the lookout. Here is an excerpt from their report.
A. Existing Solar Panel / Systems
B. Other systems in place
C. Forest Service Tower and Panel System
A. Replace panels with newer model panels. The models used on the communications tower appear to be good.
B. Back Up Power