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Summer Water Saving Tools Available!

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Summer is finally here! In Portland that means reduced rainfall, warmer temperatures and a large increase in outdoor water use. To help households use water wisely outdoors, the Portland Water Bureau is offering hose nozzles, watering gauges and water-wise plant guides FREE to our customers!

Water-Efficient Plants for the Willamette Valley GuideThese tools include:

How to Get Outdoor Conservation Tools

Visit the Portland Water Bureau Customer service center at 1120 SW 5th Avenue, email conserve@portlandoregon.gov or call 503-823-7439.

Access more landscape resources and get more water efficiency tips by visiting: www.portlandoregon.gov/water/efficiency

Sabrina Litton
Portland Water Bureau Efficiency Program

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“Your Sustainable City” Promotes a Healthy, Safe Community at Hacienda National Night Out Event

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National Night Out 2013 logoJoin “Your Sustainable City” at the Hacienda National Night Out Party on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 and pledge your help in strengthening community cohesiveness and crime resistance. 

National Night Out is an initiative centered on reducing crime by holding block parties in neighborhoods where neighbors meet each other and members of local law enforcement.

The “Your Sustainable City” partnership, composed of City of Portland employees from the Portland Water Bureau, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, Bureau of Development Services and Portland Bureau of Transportation, are participating in the Hacienda National Night Out event to share simple, sustainable actions the public can take to protect human health and our environment.

This year, close to 180 National Night Out events have been scheduled in the Portland-Metro area. If you plan on organizing or attending a National Night Out event, the “Your Sustainable City” group encourages you to do your part in making it a sustainable affair that conserves and restores resources:  

  • Limit waste when advertising the event
  • Recycle and compost (if available) materials at the event
  • Use reusable tablecloths
  • Purchase locally sourced food and materials
  • Start now and plan ahead to bring your own cups, plates and silverware to enjoy the food and beverages available
  • Utilize compostable utensils made from corn or potato starch
  • Use public transit or walk to an event

If you’re in the neighborhood, please stop by and visit the “Your Sustainable City” table from 3:30 pm to 7:00 pm at the intersection of NE Killingworth Street and NE Cully Street at Hacienda's National Night Out party.  We will be there to greet and educate you about the benefits of sustainability!

Lindsay Wochnick
Community Information & Involvement

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Ongoing Opportunities to Provide Feedback on Washington Park Reservoir Improvements Project

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The Portland Water Bureau would like more public input and feedback about the project in Washington Park that will replace Reservoir 3 with a 15-million gallon underground reservoir and update Reservoir 4 as an overflow and storm water retention tank, including a de-chlorination facility. 

While the first of three public open houses was held on Thursday, July 25, there will be more opportunities for you to get involved, including viewing the first open house presentation and displays online.

Thank you for your participation on a project that will upgrade and improve the safety and security of Portland’s century old water system.

Lindsay Wochnick
Community Information & Involvement 

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Explore Groundwater & Enjoy Lunch on Us at “Subs on the Slough” Event

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Subs on the Slough Event - Photo courtesy of Columbia Slough Watershed Council

Join the Portland Water Bureau and the Columbia Slough Watershed Council for the annual "Subs on the Slough" event on Friday, August 16th, from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm at the canoe launch near the Portland Water Bureau’s groundwater pump station, 16650 NE Airport Way.

Participants in this free lunchtime tour will learn all about Portland’s Columbia South Shore Well Field, the supplemental drinking water supply.

Visitors will also learn about the Columbia Slough watershed, view the solar array that helps off-set the Portland Water Bureau’s electrical needs and talk about how everyone can help protect our groundwater resources

Lunch is provided at picnic tables along the scenic Columbia Slough trail. Advanced registration is required and this event is suitable for children ages 10 and older.

Register today!

For more information, contact Penny Beckwith at 503-281-1132, or Doug Wise at 503-823-7473.

Doug Wise
Groundwater Protection Program 

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Portland Water Bureau Announces Outdoor Irrigation Rebates

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Let Portland Water help manage increase in use and reduce peak summer water demand

The Portland Water Bureau is now offering rebates for automatic irrigation system improvements, including multi-stream rotating nozzles and WaterSense-labeled irrigation controllers.

Many Portland-area residents and businesses irrigate in the summertime leading to summer water use that doubles or triples. To help manage the increase in use and reduce peak summer water demand, Portland Water Bureau customers can now apply for rebates on water saving multi-stream rotator nozzles and WaterSense-labeled irrigation controllers.

With proper installation, programming and maintenance, homeowners and businesses can incorporate these upgrades to save thousands of gallons of water annually.

For complete details and to download a rebate application, visit http://www.portlandoregon.gov/water/rebate.

Sabrina Litton
Portland Water Bureau Efficiency Program

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