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Operation Switch: Mission #6 - Get a Head

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Conserve Water and Save Energy and Money

The energy efficiency folks over at PGE recently contacted me about Operation Switch, an online experiment which uses social media to encourage customers to undertake energy saving missions in their own lives. The mission entails making small changes that can make a big impact. From July 26th - August 16th the Operation Switch mission is to change out your old showerhead for a new water and energy efficient model. Since showers use both energy and water I thought you might enjoy hearing about Operation Switch and perhaps joining in the fun.

If you feel like joining Operation Switch and making the switch, remember that Portland Water Bureau customers are eligible to get a free showerhead (and other water saving devices) directly from us. Visit our conservation page to order your kit today!

Sarah Murphy Santner
Residential Water Conservation Coordinator 

Straightway Services

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Straightway Services youth spread mulch at Sabin HydroPark

Water Bureau Staff Help Mentor Local Kids

Summer is a very busy time for the bureau's grounds crew, which maintains over 150 properties scattered from Portland to the watershed. When help is offered, we take it.

This summer Straightway Services is providing 10-12 youth and 3-4 "mentors". They volunteer one day a week through the summer, and have already helped spread mulch at Pittman Addition and Sabin HydroParks. The volunteer crew will also be improving Powell Butte trails.

The volunteer program is about more than teaching youth how to use a shovel and small hand tools. Youth volunteers are matched with a yearlong mentor and have classroom training on accountability. Straightway Services also runs a youth academy year round that provides mentors for youth and their families. They provide critical counseling for the parents on a weekly basis helping them deal with traumatic life experiences such as addiction, divorce, incarceration and homelessness. If you'd like to support their programs, Straightway Services is having an annual fundraiser August 27th.

This the second summer the Portland Water Bureau has partnered with Straightway Services to offer an opportunity for hands on service learning in community accountability. We certainly appreciate their help!

Rich Rice
Grounds Crew Supervisor