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Free Summer Concerts!

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Family friendly music atop Powell Butte in a Portland tradition.With summer finally gracing us, it's time to plan for some fun in the sun.

The Portland Water Bureau is a sponsor of Portland Parks and Recreation's Summer Concerts Program, which brings free concerts to parks across the city. We are proud to help bring these free summer celebrations to three special locations:

Powell Butte Nature Park - SE 162 & Powell Blvd, 7:00-8:30 PM

Portland Water Bureau presents

July 17: Rich Halley's Outside Music Ensemble (original jazz)

July 24: Trashcan Joe (old-timey strings)

McCoy Park - N. Fiske between Trenton & Fessenden, 6:00-8:00 PM

July 11: Norman Sylvester Band (original R&B)

July 18: Gretchen Mitchell Band (jazzy blues)

July 25: Portland International Raceway presents Jujuba (Afro beat & juju)

Willamette Park - SW Macadam & Nebraska, 6:30-8:30 PM

July 7: National College of Natural Medicine presents Rich Layton & the Troublemakers (rock & roll)

July 14: The New Iberians (zydeco)

July 21: Oregon Health Sciences University presents Darrell Grant (jazz)

July 28: Portland Water Bureau presents Misty River (Americana)

You may be wondering what makes these places special to the Portland Water Bureau. Powell Butte isn't just a nature park, but home to a 50,000 gallon underground reservoir and a second reservoir currently under construction. It's literally a hike to get to the top of Powell Butte, so plan accordingly and pack-in/pack-out. McCoy Park is the community hub for New Columbia residents, and the playful McCoy Fountain. Willamette Park is also home to Fulton Pump Station, which will soon be rebuilt.

You can't go wrong with the twilight setting of a summer concert. We hope you'll bring your friends and family...and remember your favorite water bottle!

Darcy Cronin

Facilities Services Specialist

High Five

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Five Portland Water Bureau employees took off late Monday night on June 28, destine to climb Mt. Hood. The group left Timberline Lodge at 1:00 am Tuesday morning to climb the mountain's south side, known as the "Old Chute." The climbers were civil engineers Bryan Robinson, Peter Nierengarten, Erna Foronda and Keith Walker, and Eric Brainich, a management analyst.Up the

Eric reported the night was perfectly clear with a nearly full moon that illuminated the mountainside. This allowed them to turn off their headlamps for most of the climb. Before they reached the top of the last ski lift -- at 9,000 feet -- the snow had turned icy and hardened. The climbers put on their crampons for the rest of the climb. They continued south, towards the summit. Passing the fumaroles at "The Devil's Kitchen," they came to a rest stop at 10,600 feet called "The Hogsback."

Bryan Robinson, Peter Nierengarten and and Eric Brainich hoist the Water Bureau banner

By now the sun was up and had softened the snow. Hogsback allowed the climbers a safe place to take a much needed rest from their exhausting trek and giving their blistered feet a rest before Eric, Peter and Bryan continued their one hour push to the top. With the Old Chute being shaded from the morning sun the route was still compact, but not too soft. This allowed the climbers good cramponing for the steepest section up the mountain.

Peter, Bryan, and Eric reached the summit at 7:30 am where they hoisted the Water Bureau banner. "We saw gorgeous views of Mt Jefferson and the Three Sisters range to the south, and Mt. Adams, Mt Saint Helens, and Mt. Rainier to the north," said Eric.

Portland was shrouded in clouds, but they were thousands of feet above the clouds enjoying a most spectacular view of the chain of Pacific Northwest volcanoes.


After lunch on the summit, the group saw the clouds rising on the southwest side of Mt. Hood so they made a quick descent off the summit, met up with Erna and Keith, and treked back to their cars at Timberline, arriving around Noon.

At four times earlier this year, the group had to cancel the climb; three times due to bad weather, and once due to high avalanche conditions. Eric said their adventure left the climbers exhausted but proud of their accomplishment.

"Feeling Hot Hot Hot"?

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It’s really getting warm out there! High temperatures are forecast for the next week, reaching up to mid to upper 90’s. It’s time to think about how to stay cool. Water can help with that.

What to do for yourself…

Take the following steps to help you stay cool and healthy:

  • Drink plenty of water. Persons who have epilepsy or heart, kidney, or liver disease; are on fluid-restricted diets; or have a problem with fluid retention should consult a doctor before increasing liquid intake.
  • Stay indoors as much as possible and limit exposure to the sun.
  • Stay on the lowest floor out of the sunshine if air conditioning is not available.
  • Consider spending the warmest part of the day in air conditioned public buildings such as libraries, schools, movie theaters, shopping malls, and other community facilities.
  • Eat well-balanced, light, and regular meals.
  • Limit intake of alcoholic beverages.
  • Dress in loose-fitting, lightweight, and light-colored clothes that cover as much skin as possible.
  • Protect face and head by wearing a wide-brimmed hat.
  • Check on family, friends, and neighbors who do not have air conditioning and who spend much of their time alone.
  • Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.
  • Avoid strenuous work during the warmest part of the day. Take frequent breaks.

Check out these cool websites for additional information about staying healthy in heat. From OHSA Quick Card and the American Red Cross.

Now what can water do to cool you when you’re out and about?

The Water Bureau operates a number of fountains around town that can provide some cool relief for those hot feet.  Not all fountains are for wading, but here is a list of some feet friendly interactive fountains:


Salmon Street Springs

Holladay Park Fountain

Jamison Square Fountain

McCoy Park Fountain

Naito Legacy Fountain

Teachers Fountain at Director’s Square






Your lawn and plants get hot too!


Water lawns with 1 inch of water per week (more during long, hot dry spells). Water lawns separately from other plants. A good rule-of -thumb or watering your landscape is to apply 50% of what you put on grass, on perennials and shrubs, and 75% for vegetables (although new plant starts require more water).

Water in the morning or evening. Heat and wind cause water to evaporate more quickly. Watering early in the morning or later in the evening when the sun is low in the sky helps keep evaporation to a minimum.

For more information about being visit our Water Wise website.

Mt Tabor Reservoirs Project

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A delay in the delivery of pipe has forced a later start to the Portland Water Bureau’s construction on SE 60th Avenue, near Mount Tabor Park. Previously scheduled to start today, July 12, the work will now begin on Monday, July 19. The around-the-clock street closure is on SE 60th Avenue, between SE Lincoln Street and SE Hawthorne Boulevard. This work is an additional part of the Mount Tabor Reservoirs Maintenance and Security Project. The 12-day closure will continue through Friday, July 30.



Safe Employee of the Month - Kirk Nibler

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Kirk Nibler Named Safe Employee of the Month


Trade Supervisor II Kirk Nibler has been named Safe Employee of the Month for July. Risk Specialist Debra Caskey explains why Kirk has been recognized for this important honor:

"Kirk spearheaded the research and acquisition of new air quality monitors that provide additional testing capabilities as well as conduct self-evaluations while charging to ensure that each monitor is 100% functional in the field. This has not only enhanced the safety of our crews but has provided efficient and consistent testing of the air quality in vaults and confined spaces that some employees must enter to perform work on the water system."

Congratulations, Kirk, and thank you for your efforts to keep your colleagues safe in the workplace.