GENERAL INFORMATION: 503-823-7404
1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 600, Portland, OR 97204
Today the Portland Water Bureau is reactivating the Bull Run water supply and discontinuing its current run of groundwater supply from the Columbia South Shore Well Field (CSSWF). Bull Run water will be blended into the system for several hours before groundwater is turned off. The Water Bureau plans to turn off the Columbia South Shore Well Field and return to 100% Bull Run water supply late in the day today.
Storms in mid-January produced heavy rains and increased stream flows in the Bull Run watershed resulting in elevated turbidity, or suspended sediment, levels. Turbidity levels have steadily decreased in the Bull Run water supply system since the rains subsided. Since turning on the Columbia South Shore Well Field on January 21, the Portland Water Bureau has utilized groundwater to provide 100% of supply.
It will take about 24 to 60 hours, depending on customer location, for Bull Run water to move through the distribution system and replace the groundwater in the system. Both sources of water are high quality water supplies which meet or surpass all federal and state drinking water regulations.
The Portland Water Bureau strongly encourages customers with water quality questions or concerns to call the Water Line at (503) 823-7525.
Sandy River Basin Community Information Representative
Every year our Lead in Water Education and Testing Program sends out a mailer with a simple message:
Lead is a major health threat to childrenand pregnant women.
If your home was built between 1970 and 1985, lead solder may have been used to join
the pipes. A lead-in-water test is the only way to know if this is adding lead to the water.
Mail the attached postage-paid reply card for
To avoid possible exposure to lead from plumbing:
The mailer is sent in partnership with other local water providers, and includes a multi-lingual message:
Your water provider and local health agencies want to protect your child from lead.
For more information about ALL sources of lead and for locations of FREE lead screening for children:
Contact the LeadLine - www.leadline.org or 503-988-4000
Crews are digging down another 10 to 15 feet to prepare the base of the new 50-million gallon reservoir inside Powell Butte Nature Park. In May 2010, another contractor completed Phase 1, removing more the 323,000 cubic feet of material from the site. Once the additional excavation is completed, the contractor -- SSC Construction -- will begin concrete work, laying the foundation for the massive five acre structure.
In addition to the digging, workers have upgraded erosion control measures and added fencing to more work locations. Crews have been busy preparing the site for the new Maintenance Facility. This building will be shared by the Portland Water Bureau and Portland Parks & Recreation.
The park remains open to visitors. The City will soon open a new temporary parking lot located near the Old Holgate Trail Head on SE Holgate near SE 136th Ave. This lot will give visitors another choice to reach the nearly 10 miles of trails in the park. The Portland Water Bureau has also leased 36 parking spaces for public use from the Rose Bowling Center on SE Powell Blvd. at SE 164th Ave. A second temporary lot on SE Center St. at SE 144th Ave. will open this summer.
Public and worker safety are the top priority. Over the course of the two-year project, there will be many large trucks on roads inside the park. Visitors are reminded to use and stay on open designated park trails and be careful at trail-truck crossings. Please obey signs to keep off the construction haul roads – they are not park trails. Further, some trails will be closed for short durations when construction work is close by.
Please do not attempt to visit the hazardous reservoir excavation site.
Two community grants are helping transform Pittman Addition HydroPark into a sculpture space.
You may already know the story of Pittman Addition HydroPark, and how the open space was developed through a community design process and opened in fall 2009. (Or maybe you just recall the giant carrot that was spotted at Pittman Addition last spring). From the very beginning, community members really wanted to create a sculpture space for temporary art, but the bare-bones budget for adding basic amenities to the park wouldn't cover the expense. So, community members agreed to form Friends of Pittman Addition HydroPark, which is fiscally sponsored by North Portland Community Works (an umbrella non-profit through the Office of Neighborhood Involvement). The group of neighbors and artists has been working together since 2010 to bring art to the park.
This week five sculpture pads are being poured, thanks to a $11k Community Livability Grant from the Portland Development Commission. Through a partnership with the Columbia Slough Watershed Council the park will be further transformed in March, when the whole southern sound wall will be planted with native plants. The planting labor will be done by Verde, a local non-profit that provides employment and training opportunities.
More good news came this week when we learned that the project was awarded a Community-Based Grant from the Union Pacific Foundation for $2500 to provide artists with stipends to install sculptures. A call-to-artists will be done this spring, and a community celebration of the new sculpture space will be planned for June.
This will be the first public sculpture space for temporary art in Portland.
Sr. Community Outreach and Information Representative
Learn simple ways to save money and be healthy at home at the Feb 25 Fix-It Fair.
The City of Portland’s 25th annual Fix-It Fair season is in full swing. Don’t miss the last fair this February 25th at Jefferson High School (5210 N Kerby Ave 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Click here for map and directions )
While you are there, don’t forget to visit the Portland Water Bureau’s table where our staff can advise you on ways to save water and lower your bill. Or take our class “Saving Water makes Cents” at noon to learn about how to identify and fix leaks.
What you'll find at a Fix-It Fair
Ongoing exhibits and hourly workshops on topics such as:
See you there!
Portland Water Bureau customers can get water efficiency information and free conservation devices at any time by calling (503) 823-4527, or ordering online at www.portlandonline.com/water/efficiency