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Traffic Advisory - Water contractor needs more time on SW Naito Parkway

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A contractor for the Portland Water Bureau must take one to two more days - Tuesday, May 1 and Wednesday, May 2 - to work in the intersection of SW Naito Parkway at SW Clay Street. The crews are making a difficult connection to an existing water supply pipeline.

Work hours will be from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM to accommodate rush hour traffic.

Several traffic lanes will be closed and the signal light will be disconnected. Flaggers and traffic cones will direct motorists around the work zone. Motorists should expect delays. Motorists and bicyclists are encouraged to find alternate routes to avoid this work zone.

This work is part of the second phase of the Portland Water Bureau's Westside Header Project to replace an aging supply pipeline that is critical to the city’s water system. More construction is scheduled in the intersection of SW Naito Parkway and SW Market Street from May 12 through May 14, 2012.

The second phase of the pipeline project is slated for completion in June 2012. 

For more information, contact Tim Hall, Public Outreach, at 503-823-6926, or 503-381-0056.

Hydrant Permits Make $1 Million

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Portland fire hydrants are painted colors depending on their function/location.

You see fire hydrants all over town, at least every 500 feet. Yet, most people don’t give them much thought unless there’s a blazing fire nearby.

Hydrants are typically reserved for the fire bureau to tap, but the Portland Water Bureau also issues temporary and annual permits to contractors/developers in need of on-site water. There are actually many hydrant uses: mixing cement, landscaping, pressure washing, drilling. There are also many community events that require our hydrants, like Art In the Pearl, Sand in the City, The Portland Marathon, and Portland’s many beer festivals.

Just a few years ago permit applicants were required to head downtown to submit applications and the cross the river to Interstate’s Meter Shop to be issued equipment. These permits were previously processed among all other permits by our Development Services staff. In 2008, in an effort to streamline the process, the bureau moved the Hydrant Permit Program to Interstate and dedicated a staff member to oversee the process. 

Since Jack Finders became the bureau’s “hydrant guy,” he’s processed an average of 162 temporary permits and 42 annual permits over the past four years. Since Jack moved the program across the river to Interstate in 2008, he’s brought in $1 million in hydrant permit fees.Permit holders are encouraged to pay by credit card now, which cuts down on financial red tape. We’ve also increased the non-compliance fee from $1260 to $5,000 (after a single warning), which has reduced the number of infractions.

 

Beyond financial and process improvements, having a point person to coordinate the hydrant permits has helped reduce the number of dirty water calls. We used to have a lot more calls due to improper hydrant use, especially on small mains. Jack works to educate hydrant users about how to properly hook up a hydrant and use equipment properly. He examines hydrants in advance of issuing the permit to make sure it will work for the given use. He reminds people that our primary goal is compliance, in order to protect the water system. He checks in on permit holders about once a week, and although he is very friendly, permit holders know he means business.

 

What can you do to help protect Portland’s fire hydrants? If you see anything suspicious, please call Dispatch immediately: 503-823-4874. Report the hydrant location, business name (if possible), and license plate number. They’ll forward the information to Jack, and he’ll track them down.

 

Check the webpage for more details about proper/improper hydrant use:

www.portlandonline.com/water/hydrants

Darcy Cronin

Community Involvement and Information

Relief from the Heat

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There’s good news for Portlanders looking for some relief from the anticipated warm weather this weekend. 

 

All six interactive fountains maintained by the Portland Water Bureau are in full operating mode:  McCoy, Salmon St. Springs, Jamison Square, Naito Legacy, Holladay Park, and Teachers.  For more information on these fountains including their locations,  see the fountain walking tour brochure at http://www.portlandonline.com/water/index.cfm?c=26426&a=225489

Please remember to obey fountain rules to ensure your safety:

  • Look but don't drink! The water flowing in decorative fountains is not for drinking. To conserve water, most of these fountains recycle water. The water is chlorinated to a level comparable with swimming pools.
  • Be safe! Although people enjoy splashing around in the interactive fountains, there are potential dangers for unattended children.
  • Please use caution at all fountains. Slippery surfaces, rapidly moving water, and pools of water require careful attention.

Terry Black

Public Outreach

Powell Butte Reservoir 2 Project: FIRST POUR

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Progress on the city’s new 50-million gallon drinking water reservoir at Powell Butte Nature Park remains steady.  Today, work crews – under contractor SSC Construction – began pouring concrete in the first two 40 foot x 40 foot sections that will make up the reservoir’s floor.  A total of 209 sections with a depth of 2.5 feet in a web of rebar will be set before work on the reservoir walls, pillars and finally ceiling are get underway.

 Powell Butte Foundation Construction workersPowell Butte FoundationPowell Butte Foundation Construction workers

Previously, for the past two months, workers have been preparing the reservoir’s foundation; installing an under drain piping system, mechanical and conduit vaults, and smoothing the gravel base for the five-acre water storage facility.  Work also continues on the public-required park improvement facilities: the Maintenance Building, permanent Caretaker’s House, and the Interpretive Center that will includes a classroom and restrooms. Specialized crews are also working on improving park trails.

Powell Butte Foundation

Powell Butte Nature Park remains open  to the public, but the main parking lot is closed while work in underway in that location. Temporary parking lots have been established at: (1) Rose Bowling Center, SE 164th Ave. at SE Powell Blvd.; (2) Gates Property, SE Holgate Blvd. at SE 136th Ave.; and (3) Vivian Pump Station, 14424 SE Center St. at SE 144th Ave.  

Tim Hall Public Outreach

 

Traffic Advisory - Water construction extended on SW Market Street at SW Naito Parkway

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Citing the need for more time due to difficult working conditions, the contractor for the Portland Water Bureau will continue work in the intersection of SW Naito Parkway at SW Market Street until Friday, May 18. The work could be completed sooner.

Work hours will be from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, after morning and before evening rush hours.

With a smaller work zone, fewer traffic lanes will be closed and the signal lights will be on. Flaggers and traffic cones will help move motorists past the site. Motorists and bicyclists are encouraged to find alternate routes to avoid delays.

This work is part of the second phase of the Portland Water Bureau's Westside Header Project to replace an aging supply pipeline that is critical to the city’s water system.

For more information, contact Tim Hall, Public Outreach, 503-823-6926 or 503-381-0056