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Portland Wins "Best Tasting Water" Contest

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Judging smell water samples for scent.The Portland Water Bureau entered this year's NW Oregon sub-section of the America Water Works Association (AWWA) Best Tasting Water Competition at the March meeting in Salem. There were ten regional competitors for best tasting water: City of Salem, Oak Lodge Water District, City of Forest Grove, McMinnville Water and Light, Veolia Water Wilsonville, Rivergrove Water, Hillsboro - Cherry Grove, Joint Water Commission, and City of Lake Oswego. Portland came out as the best of the best. 


The water samples were tasted for three different criteria: scent, flavor, and aftertaste. A score of 1 to 10 is given to the samples. Three (3) judges scored those samples, and the total from all judges is scored. A perfect score would be 90 points. The Portland Water Bureau received a total score of 78 out of 90.


The next step is to take our best to the Pacific NW section of the AWWA annual meeting in Yakima. This conference will be held May 2-4 with the best tasting water taste test to be held on the evening of Wednesday, May 2nd. Wish us the best…


Chris Wanner

Director of Operations

Chris Wanner receives plaque for best tasting water.

It's raining, it's pouring...

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If you’ve been wondering whether our drizzly March set records in the watershed, the answer is a definitive YES.


Here's how the wettest 10 Marches at Headworks stack up:























2012 was the second wettest March since we started measuring in 1899.

To put it in context for the Bull Run watershed, it typically rains 130 inches a year. All this rain fills the reservoirs with 17 billion gallons of water at peak capacity. Now that's a LOT of rain!


Doug Bloem

Environmental Specialist – aka PWB weatherman  

A large shelf mushroom in the Bull Run watershed, photo by Roman Johnston

It's hard to get good rain photos in the watershed, but Roman Johnston captured this large shelf mushroom in all it's wet wonder.

Sandy River Restoration Expo

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Photo courtesy of Josh Kling, Western Rivers ConservancyThe public is invited to attend the Sandy River Restoration Expo on Saturday, April 7, from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm at Sandy High School, 17100 Bluff Road in Sandy, Oregon. A choice of five field tours will follow the Expo. Property owners along the Sandy River are especially encouraged to attend as well as anyone interested in improving fish habitat in the Sandy River basin.

At the Expo’s morning session, regional experts on such topics as river restoration, invasive plants, emergency response and climate change will offer workshops and be on hand to answer questions. At 1:00 pm, the Expo will close so that visitors can head out for an afternoon field tour of their choice. Tours include a Sandy River raft float trip, a tour of Portland’s water supply facilities in the Bull Run watershed, a visit to a successful side-channel restoration site on the Salmon River, and more. 

Pre-registration for both workshops and field tours is strongly encouraged by calling (503) 622-9134. For more information and a description of each tour and workshop, visit

The Expo is sponsored by the Sandy River Basin Watershed Council, Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, Clackamas County Soil and Water Conservation District and the Portland Water Bureau.

Terry Black

Sandy River Basin Community Information

Southeast Portland street to be realigned to add space for new Emergency Coordination Center

By Robin Hagedorn

For Immediate Release

April 12, 2012


Portland, OR– The City of Portland announces that construction work to realign one block of SE Bush Street, between SE 99th and SE 100th Avenues in Southeast Portland, will start the week of April 16, 2012.  The street work will take about two months to complete.

The street change is necessary to accommodate the need for more property for the city’s new Emergency Coordination Center (ECC).  The ECC building will be adjacent to the current Portland Communications Center (911 Center) and Ed Benedict Park. Construction of the ECC is anticipated to begin in June and be completed by late 2013.

The Emergency Coordination Centeri s the location from which City officials and staff coordinate local response and recovery to a major emergency. Concern has grown in recent years that the current ECC operation -- now housed within the 911 Center -- is inadequate because of its small size, split-level design separating ECC functions from one another, and lack of modern communications equipment.

The centralized and expanded ECC facility will also house the daily operations of the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management and the Portland Water Bureau’s Emergency Management and Security programs.

The new SE Bush Street will be built to current City standards with sidewalks and stormwater treatment features. It will accommodate on-street parking. The existing section of SE Bush Street, between SE 99th and SE 100th Avenues, will be removed once the new section of SE Bush Street is open and fully operational.

For more information, contact

Tim Hall, PWB Public Outreach,

503-823-6926, 503-381-0056

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Water construction to impact SW Naito Parkway over coming weeks

By Robin Hagedorn


For Immediate Release

April 13, 2012

Portland,OR– A contractor for the Portland Water Bureau has scheduled the final work onSW Naito Parkwayto connect the new 36-inch diameter water supply pipeline to the existing pipelines. The connections will be made at the intersection ofSW Clay Streetand intersection ofSW Market Street. The work is part of the bureau’s Westside Header Project, Phase 2, to replace an aging supply pipe that is critical to the city’s water system.

The work on SW Naito will be done in five phases. Because noise levels to remove concrete obstacles under the street would exceed acceptable levels for working at night, the crews must work during daylight hours, except to repave the street. Weekend work is scheduled to reduce the impact on downtown commuters as much as possible.

  1. On Tuesday, April 17 through Thursday, April 19, work on SW Naito will take place in the intersections of both SW Clay and SW Market. This work is to remove large underground concrete obstacles to the connections. There will be noise, such as jackhammers. This work will take place from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM to accommodate rush hour traffic. 
  2. On Wednesday, April 23 through Sunday, April 27, workers will be test and disinfect the new pipe. This work will require the use of a section of one curb-side northbound lane on SW Naito at SW Clay. This work will take place from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. 
  3. On Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29, and possibly Monday, April 30, work will be in the intersection of SW Clay. The weekend work will take place from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM.  If necessary, on Monday crews will work from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
  4. On Saturday, May 12 and Sunday, May 13, and possibly Monday, May 14, work moves to the inter-section of SW Market. The weekend work will take place from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM.  If necessary, on Monday crews will work from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
  5. On Tuesday, May 15, and if necessary, Wednesday, May 16, working at night, crews will install permanent asphalt on the road surfaces damaged by the pipe work. Crews will work from 8:00 PM to 6:00 AM.

Some traffic lanes onSW Naitowill be close and the signal lights at SW Clay and SW Market turned off. Flaggers and traffic cones will direct motorists pass the work zone.  Delays should be expected.  Motorists and bicyclists are encouraged to find alternate routes.


For more information, contact

Tim Hall, PWB Public Outreach,

503-823-6926, 503-381-0056

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