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Traffic Advisory - Repair work continues on 106 year old water main

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The Portland Water Bureau reports that repair work on a 24-inch diameter water main that ruptured yesterday (April 18) on SE Stark Street near SE 55th Avenue will continue today. The type of damage to the 106-year old cast iron pipe was beyond routine repairs. Crews will have to temporarily reduce the flow of water to the area for about four to eight hours. Affected residents were notified.  

East bound traffic will again be detoured one block to SE Morrison Street, up SE 58th Avenue and back to SE Stark Street. Crews expect the pipe repairs to be completed later today. Permanent street repaving work will occur when there are dry weather conditions.

For more information, contact Tim Hall, Public Outreach, 503-823-8064

Traffic Advisory: Water construction extended on SW Naito Parkway at SW Clay Street

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Citing the need for more time due to difficult conditions, the contractor for the Portland Water Bureau will continue work in the intersections of SW Naito Parkway at SW Clay Street on Friday, April 20, and possibly Saturday, April 21, 2012.   

Work hours on Friday will be from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, after morning and before evening rush hours. If necessary, the work on Saturday will take place from 9:00 AM until it is completed, likely before 5:00 PM.

Several traffic lanes will be closed and signal lights 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.

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

Benson Bubbler Stolen

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The  brass bowl from the Benson Bubbler located at the Vera Katz statue on the Eastbank Esplanade has been stolen. The Portland Water Bureau regrets the inconvenience to bikers and walkers this weekend. Please contact the Portland Water Security at (503) 823-6084 or the Portland Police Bureau at (503) 823-3333  with any information that may lead to its recovery. Thank you. 

Tim Hall

(503) 823-8064

Fountains Become Popular As Temps Rise

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Jamison Square Fountain

Each winter we shut down all the municipal fountains to prevent damage from freezing, and make necessary repairs. This early heat wave has caught us without all of our fountains flowing for the summer.


These public fountains are flowing today:


  • Bill Naito Legacy Fountain
  • Salmon Street Springs
  • Skidmore Fountain
  • Elk Fountain
  • Animals in Pools
  • Pioneer Courthouse Square Waterfall Fountain
  • Pettygrove Fountain

Our operations staff hopes to get Jamison Square and Teachers flowing by the end of the week, but not in time for our current heat wave.

If you'd like do a walking tour of all the downtown fountains, we have brochure to guide you. (PDF)

Lastly, please be aware of the safety signage at our fountains, we want to make sure everyone uses common sense caution and has a safe experience.


Enjoy the sunshine, and the fountains!


Darcy Cronin

Community Involvement and Information

Kids Love Learning About Water

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Children's Clean Water Festival exhibit hallYesterday was the 19th Annual Children’s Clean Water Festival, and as always, the kids had a blast learning about water.

The Portland Water Bureau is one of many sponsors for the event, and our staff led classroom sessions to teach about protecting groundwater, engineering pipes, and understanding the water cycle.

Here’s a local news story about this annual event that brings fourth and fifth graders together to learn in a fun-filled hands-on event:

KGW Video: Kids' Water Festival Makes a Splash

I’ve volunteered as a classroom guide for several years, and always enjoy seeing the kids get excited about water. I always learn new something myself, and I loved watching the entertaining and educational Snail People. Mo Phillips was also fantastic, as always.

Darcy Cronin

Community Information and Involvement