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Residents Encouraged to Become Leak Detectives in “Fix a Leak Week” Contest!

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Fix a Leak Week GnomeApproximately 5 to 10 percent of American homes have leaks that drip away 90 gallons of water a day or more.  Many of these leaks reside in old fixtures such as leaky toilets and faucets. In fact, according to the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the amount of water leaked from U.S. homes could exceed more than 1 trillion gallons per year. That's equivalent to the annual drinking water use of Los Angeles, Chicago, and Miami combined!

Since minor water leaks account for so much water wasted each year in U.S. homes, the EPA  promotes Fix a Leak Week the third week of March every year in order to remind Americans to check their plumbing fixtures and irrigation systems. This year to promote Fix a Leak Week (March 18-24, 2013), the Regional Water Providers Consortium (RWPC) is launching a photo/video contest that invites contestants to submit photo/video entries that depict people finding & fixing leaks. Contestants are encouraged to submit clever photos and/or 30 second videos of themselves or someone else finding and fixing leaks around their homes with the chance to win a $500, $300, or $200 Lowe’s gift card.

Get Involved!

Here’s how: Snap a picture or create a video checking for leaks, twisting and tightening hose or pipe connections, or replacing broken fixtures.

Submit entries via email to by midnight March 20, 2013 for a chance to win! Have fun and get creative! Imaginative, clever, or unique entries are encouraged.

In order to be eligible to win prizes, winners must receive water from one of the RWPC’s 22 members that serve Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties in Oregon.

Visit the RWPC’s website at for full contest details.

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TRAFFIC ADVISORY 02/22/13: Short Section of Southwest Montgomery Drive Closed for 4 Days Next Week

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From Tuesday, February 26 through Friday, March 1, 2013, the Portland Water Bureau will close a short section ofSouthwest Montgomery Drivebetween addresses 2525 and 2449. Construction work hours are 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Tuesday through Friday. Both lanes of Southwest Montgomery Drive will be open after construction hours.

The closure is necessary so that Water Bureau crews can install the final tie-ins as part of the final phase of the Portland Heights Main Replacement Project.  

Detour signs will be located to direct traffic around the closure area. Residents on Southwest Montgomery Drive close to the construction zone will be required to access their homes during construction hours from either north or south of the construction zone.

The Portland Water Bureau apologizes for any inconvenience this closure and detour may cause. Your patience and cooperation are appreciated as we work to ensure the community’s water needs are met. For more information, contact Terry Black, Public Information, at (503) 823-1168.

Terry Black
Community Information and Involvement

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NEWS RELEASE 03/01/13: Routine Flushing of Hydrants in Outer Southeast Portland

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Uni-directional flushing

Maintenance crews from the Portland Water Bureau will be clearing water mains of harmless sediments and testing water system components. This routine work will take place through March 15, 2013 in outer southeast Portland, from SE Powell Boulevard to SE Holgate Boulevard, between SE 117th and SE 136th avenues.

Uni-directional flushing using fire hydrants increases the water system's reliability, operability and emergency preparedness. The flushing program methodically works through a whole pressure zone area to bring up local chlorine residuals, test hydrants and flow control gate valves, and clean out sediments and biofilm that accumulated in pipelines. These sediments and biofilm are natural and exists in all water systems, yet are only discharged in pipes under extremely high pressure.

When a flushing crew is working on neighborhood streets, water will be gushing from hydrants at a high rate - 800 gallon per minute. Water from faucets may become discolored. If your water is a brown color or "dirty," the Portland Water Bureau recommends that you turn on each cold water faucet and allow it to run for several minutes. This should clear up any temporary discoloration. If your water does not clear up, please call the Water Quality Line at (503) 823-7525.

Water service will not be interrupted. Updates on the flushing program - including a map of current flushing areas and future maintenance - are posted on the Portland Water Bureau's website at

Tim Hall
Community Information and Involvement

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Community Budget Forums Offer Opportunity for Feedback

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Below information provided by the City of Portland Budget Office

The City of Portland invites you to join the Community Budget Forums. The Forums provide you with the opportunity to offer testimony before Portland City Council and express which service priorities are most important to Portland residents for next year’s FY 2013-14 budget. At the Community Budget Forums, members of the community will need to sign-up to testify before City Council. 

Dates, Times and Locations for the Forums

Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization
10301 NE Glisan St.
Portland, OR 97220

Tuesday, March 12, 2013
George Middle School
10000 N Burr Ave.
Portland, OR 97203

Thursday, April 11, 2013
Montgomery Park
2701 NW Vaughn Street
Portland, OR 97210
In addition, Council will hold a hearing for the Mayor's Proposed Budget.

Thursday, May 16, 2013
City Hall – Council Chambers
1221 SW 4th Ave.
Portland, OR 97204

Saturday, May 18, 2013
Warner Pacific College - McGuire Auditorium
2219 SE 68th Ave.
Portland, OR 97215

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Jackson Middle School
10625 SW 35th Ave.
Portland, OR 97219

Helpful Links

Budget Documents

Budget Dates

For general questions about the forums or accommodations, please contact Ryan Kinsella, City Budget Office, at or (503) 823-6960.

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Dr. Ginsberg Thanked for Salmon Springs Fountain Photo

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Salmon Springs
Photo courtesy of Jill Ginsberg
Salmon Springs Fountain is located on Naito Parkway at SW Salmon in Waterfront Park

I want to send a warm thank you to Dr. Jill Ginsberg of the Hundreds of Hundreds blog for allowing the Portland Water Bureau  to use one of her great photos for a project we have been working on.   We needed a photo of Salmon Springs Fountain with people playing in it, and Hundreds of Hundreds had just the right image. Dr. Ginsberg gave us permission to use her picture.  She truly is a generous person and her blog tells the inspiring story of how she gave away $100 each day in October 2010, and then kept going! 

Read more about the Hundreds of Hundreds project at

Sarah Santner
Resource Protection and Planning

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