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TRAFFIC ADVISORY 12/19/12: Traffic Signals will be Out of Service at Intersection of SW Macadam at SW Nevada Street on Thursday, December 20

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The traffic signals on SW Macadam Avenue at the intersection of SW Nevada Street must be shut off for four hours on Thursday, December 20, 2012, from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  A contractor for the Portland Water Bureau must drill through the pavement to take geological samples under these streets.

Traffic flaggers will be stationed to move vehicles through the intersection, but motorists should expect delays. Vehicles will be channeled into one lane in the north and south-bound directions using signs and traffic cones.

The geotechnical survey work is connected to the planning of a new drinking water pump station that will be located inside nearby Willamette Park. This facility will replace the aging 100 year-old Fulton Pump Station located on SW Nevada Street, west of SW Macadam Avenue. Construction is slated to start in spring 2014.

Motorists and bicyclists are encouraged to find alternate routes to avoid this work zone.

Tim Hall
Public Outreach
(503) 823-6926 or (503) 381-0056

Quick and Easy Ways to Save Water this Holiday Season

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DishwasherIt is important to conserve water during the holidays.  Portlanders can make a big difference by just incorporating a few simple tips into daily routines:

  1. Use a large bowl or tub filled with water instead of letting the faucet run when washing veggies, thawing food or rinsing dishes. You will save about 2.5 gallons for every minute your faucet does not run.
  2. Let your dishwasher do the work. The average dishwasher uses about 10 gallons or less per load.  Many kitchen faucets use the same amount of water by running for just four minutes. So, kick back and let your dishwasher do the work!
  3. Wash only full loads. Dishwashers use about the same amount of energy and water regardless of the number of dishes inside, so run full loads whenever possible. The same is true when it comes to doing laundry!
  4. Scrape instead of pre-rinsing. Scraping food off your dishes instead of pre-rinsing them can save about 20 gallons of water. Plus Energy Star qualified dishwashers and today's detergents are designed to do the cleaning so you don't have to. 
  5. Keep your kitchen sink draining well. Pour your cooking grease into a can, freeze it, and then toss it into the trash instead of pouring it down the drain and letting the water run.

For more ways to use water efficiently and cost effectively, visit the Portland Water Bureau’s Water Efficiency webpage

Lindsay Wochnick
Community Information and Involvement

Learn About the Water Supply Right Underneath Your Feet

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Groundwater Protection Area logoThe Portland Water Bureau and Columbia Slough Watershed Council invite the public to attend their annual Groundwater 101 workshop.  The free event will be held on Saturday, January 26, 2013, from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm at the NECA-IBEW Electrical Training Center located at 16021 NE Airport Way, Portland, Oregon 97230.

Groundwater 101 is an educational, interactive workshop that teaches groundwater basics, including local geology and hydrology, the role groundwater plays in Portland’s drinking water system and what we can do to protect this important resource.  

Participants are presented with a mix of hands-on and classroom-style learning that is appropriate for adults and students age 14 and older. Light refreshments will be served. 

After the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to get an exclusive behind the scenes look at the city’s groundwater facility.

Pre-registration is required, so please register online and reserve your spot.

Douglas Wise
Groundwater Protection Program Manager