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TRAFFIC ALERT 12/03/12: Right East Bound Lane Closed on NE Columbia Boulevard at NE 29th Avenue

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A single car accident sheared off a fire hydrant located on the south side of NE Columbia Boulevard at NE 29th Avenue in the early morning hours of Monday, December 3, 2012. Flows from the damaged hydrant caused flooding on a 100 foot stretch of NE Columbia Boulevard.  

Portland Police responded to the site and towed the vehicle. Portland Water Bureau crews throttled down the water distribution main that fed the hydrant and began cleaning the area of mud and debris. As of 7:00 AM this morning, the right hand east bound lane of NE Columbia is closed as Water Bureau crews continue repairs. No water services are affected, and the hydrant will be replaced sometime this morning. The south side east bound lane of NE Columbia Boulevard will reopen as soon as the replacement is complete.

Terry Black
Public Information Officer
(503) 823-8064

TRAFFIC ALERT 12/03/2012: Both Eastbound Lanes on NE Columbia Boulevard Open

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Both eastbound lanes of NE Columbia Boulevard at NE 29th Avenue are now open to traffic. A fire hydrant that was destroyed in a single-vehicle accident has been replaced. No water services were affected during the repairs.

In the early morning hours of Monday, December 3, 2012, a single car sheared off a fire hydrant located on the south side of NE Columbia Boulevard at NE 29th Avenue. Flows from the damaged hydrant caused flooding on a 100-foot stretch of NE Columbia Boulevard.

Portland Police responded to the site and towed the vehicle. Portland Water Bureau crews throttled down the water distribution main that fed the hydrant and began cleaning the area of mud and debris. The right hand east bound lane of NE Columbia Boulevard was closed as Water Bureau crews made repairs.

Terry Black
Community Information and Involvement

TRAFFIC ADVISORY 12/06/12: Traffic Diverted into One Lane through Intersection of NE 59th Avenue and NE Halsey Street for 3 Days

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From Friday, December 7 through Sunday, December 9, 2012, the Portland Water Bureau must close one southbound lane through the intersection of NE 59th Avenue and NE Halsey Street. The closure is necessary for bureau crews to replace a leaky section of 30-inch diameter cast iron water main and install a large water control valve.

Typically, the work will begin at 7:30 AM and concludes each day around 6:00 PM. All traffic lanes will be open after work hours.

Drive time through this intersection will be affected as traffic will be restricted to one lane through the work zone. Flaggers and cones will be stationed to slow, stop and guide traffic safely. Motorists and bicyclists are encouraged to find alternate routes, and reminded to stay alert for slow and stopped traffic.

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

Lindsay Wochnick
Community Information and Involvement

Water-Smart Landscape Photo Contest – Less is more when it comes to outdoor water use!

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Landscape photo at hydroparkWinter is a great time for gardeners to sit back with a cup of tea, reflect on their most recent growing season and plan for the next year. This year, as you look back, you are invited to share beautiful pictures of your water-smart landscape and submit them to the Water-Smart Landscape Photo Contest.  Help us show other gardeners just how beautiful and efficient low water-using landscapes can be!

The EPA WaterSense program’s Water-Smart Landscape Photo Contest is open to the public, and multiple submissions are welcome. Photos can depict landscapes from any time of the year, including those from years past. Submissions illustrating water-smart landscapes in an attractive way will be featured on the WaterSense website, the best of which will advance to WaterSense’s Facebook page whereAmerica’s favorite water-smart landscape will be selected through a public online voting process.

WaterSense will give priority to photos presenting landscapes with:

  • Drought tolerant, low water-using, or native plants
  • Mulch around shrubs and garden plants
  • Limited or functional use of turfgrass
  • Water-efficient irrigation design and components (e.g., micro or drip irritation, weather-based irrigation controllers, etc.)

The deadline to enter is February 15, 2013. Visit the contest website for more details and instructions.

We plan to submit photos of our water-wise demonstration garden at the Hazelwood HydroPark. We look forward to seeing your examples of water-smart landscapes!

Sabrina Litton
Portland Water Bureau Efficiency Program

Portland Water Bureau Announces Toilet Rebate for Multifamily Properties

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Replacing older toilets is a great way to save water and moneyReplacing older toilets is a great way to save water and money! Apartment buildings, condo associations, and other multifamily properties are now eligible for up to 10 toilet rebates per active water account. Each rebate is worth $50.  Eligible toilets must be  WaterSense-labeled or a be a flushometer-style toilet that is preapproved by Water Bureau Efficiency program staff.

WaterSense® labeled toilets use 20 percent less water than the current federal standards and meet rigorous performance criteria.

Single family homes and commercial customers are also eligible for toilet rebates.  Complete details and rebate applications can be found at – www.portlandoregon.gov/water/rebate

Questions?
Call (503) 823-4527 or email conserve@portlandoregon.gov.

Sarah Murphy Santner
Water Efficiency Coordinator