GENERAL INFORMATION: 503-823-7404
1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 600, Portland, OR 97204
The Portland Water Bureau, in partnership with other City of Portland bureaus, was recognized for its environmentally sensitive management practices. This helped the City of Portland earn Salmon-Safe certification. The Portland Water Bureau is proud of our environmental stewardship and our role in improving salmon habitat. Portland is the first city worldwide to achieve this designation.
The City of Portland’s designation means that city operations have conditionally passed the organization’s comprehensive science-based evaluation of land and water management practices. Where improvement is needed, facility managers are committing to additional actions to limit water pollution, conserve water use and restore habitat over the next five years.
Salmon-Safe certification affects day-to-day city operations that potentially impact downstream water quality as well as the construction and maintenance of City-managed properties, including City-owned buildings and the City’s fleet of vehicles and bureau maintenance yards.
In practice it means systems are being implemented to further conserve water, reduce pesticide use, improve erosion control and increase installation of rain gardens and other “green infrastructure” to ensure storm water runoff is clean as it filters into wetlands, groundwater, nearby tributaries and the Willamette and Columbia rivers.
Salmon-Safe works across the West Coast to transform land management practices so Pacific salmon can thrive in West Coast watersheds. Click here to learn more.
The Portland Water Bureau and contractor Hoffman Construction Company have started a long-term capital improvement project to update the Washington Park reservoir site at 2403 SW Jefferson Street. The project complies with federal and state mandates, seismically strengthens key water infrastructure on Portland’s west side, and helps ensure a healthy, resilient, and secure water system.
A new 12.4-million gallon, seismically reinforced below ground reservoir will be constructed in the same footprint of existing Reservoir 3 (upper) with a reflecting pool/water feature on top. The new reservoir will preserve the historic drinking water function provided by the original reservoirs and be engineered to withstand ongoing landslide encroachment and potentially catastrophic effects of a major earthquake.
When complete and online, the new reservoir will supply water to Portland’s west side and serve more than 360,000 people, including all downtown businesses and residents, 20 schools, five hospital complexes, more than 60 parks, and the Oregon Zoo.
Existing Reservoir 4 (lower) will be disconnected from the public drinking water system and a lowland wildlife habitat area, bioswale, and reflecting pool will be constructed in the basin.
Construction started Sept. 12, 2016 and will proceed through 2020. A pause is scheduled to occur from 2020 to 2022 to allow soils to settle. From 2022 to 2024, construction of interpretive features, including the two reflecting pools and surface features, will conclude the project.
FIVE MONTHS AT-A-GLANCE
|Install Tree Protection Fencing||Around project site||X|
|Begin Removal of Grand Staircase||Within project site, by Existing Reservoir 3||X|
|Remove Gatehouse 3 Platform||Within project site, by Gatehouse 3||X|
|Remove Plastic Liner||Within Existing Reservoir 3||X|
|Vegetation / Tree Removal||Around the existing reservoirs, by SW Sacajawea Blvd. and SW Sherwood Blvd.||X|
|Removal of Stilling Tank inside Gatehouse 4||Within project site, by Gatehouse 4||X||X|
|Modify Reservoir 4 concrete liner||Within Existing Reservoir 4||X||X|
|Erosion Control (ongoing)||Within project site, by Existing Reservoirs 3 and 4||X||X||X||X||X|
|Fill Reservoir 4 Basin||Existing Reservoir 4||X||X||X||X|
|Construct Upper and Lower Shoring Walls||Within project site, by Existing Reservoir 3||X||X||X||X|
|Install Piping||Under Dam 3||X||X||X||X|
ACTIVITY & IMPACTS
Until March 2018, major earthwork will occur along with the construction of shoring walls and the new underground reservoir. Work during this stage will cause temporary impacts to traffic, parking, and TriMet bus service.
|Current – March 2018|
||Multi-Use Shared Path
SAFETY IS OUR TOP PRIORITY
The traffic control plan in place until March 2018 has been approved by the Portland Bureau of Transportation with input from Portland Parks & Recreation, Explore Washington Park, neighborhood associations, and the community. Please contact us to share any concerns related to the project, including traffic control.
OCTOBER 2016 ACCOMPLISHMENTS
General Site Work
Reservoir 3 & 4 Work
KEEPING YOU UP-TO-DATE
Please contact us with questions, concerns, or to sign up to receive monthly project updates.
The Great Shakeout is at 10:20 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 20. Are you prepared?
The Portland Water Bureau is a regional leader in earthquake preparedness work. Everyday, we prepare as part of our daily work - hardening the backbone of our water system and building storage that will last for generations.
In a disaster, everyone has a role to play. Storing water and other supplies will help ensure that your household is ready to weather many events – including a serious earthquake. The Portland Water Bureau launched a September Preparedness Month campaign that brought awareness to the importance of storing water for a disaster such as an earthquake. But preparedness efforts are year-round. Please join the Portland Water Bureau and our partners across the state on Oct. 20 for the Great Oregon Shakeout.
Last year, 390,000 people signed up to be part of this nationwide event and this year, more than 520,000 Oregonians plan to take part. Join thousands of your friends and neighbors and get ready to drop, cover, and hold on for the Great Oregon Shakeout! At 10:20 a.m. on Oct. 20, we are practicing for an earthquake by getting under our desks or another sturdy piece of furniture, covering our heads, and holding on for a full minute. Once you’re in place, take a photo and share it through your own personal social media networks with the hashtag #GreatShakeOut. See ours for inspiration!
As we’re fond of saying, everyone has a role to play in preparing for natural disasters and other emergencies. For more information on how to prepare for a variety of emergencies, check out these sites:
If you're interested in joining an award-winning public utility where employees thrive on the pride of delivering a life-essential product with world class customer service, the Portland Water Bureau might be just the place for you.
The Water Bureau is a recognized leader in the utility industry. We've achieved this success by investing in the very best people and empowering them to find new and better ways to meet our customer's needs.
The Water Bureau currently employs approximately 560 people. All current job postings with the City of Portland are posted online, and updated weekly. We are an equal opportunity employer that values diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
Current Opportunity at the Water Bureau
Join Our Team
$26.91 - $34.33 hourly
10/31/16 4:30 PM Pacific Time
For more information regarding career opportunities at the Water Bureau, contact the Water Administrative Manager at 503-823-1956 or by e-mail.
Join the Portland Water Bureau and the Columbia Slough Watershed Council for Groundwater 101, a free workshop all about groundwater.
With a mix of hands-on and classroom-style teaching, this workshop will explain local geology and hydrology, the vital role groundwater plays in our drinking water system, and what we can all do to protect this important resource. After the workshop, you can take an optional half-hour guided tour of the Portland Water Bureau’s groundwater facility.
The workshop is appropriate for adults and high-school students. Light refreshments will be provided. Class size is limited and you must register before the event.
When: Saturday, Nov. 19, 9 am to 1:30 pm
Where: NECA-IBEW Training Center, 16021 N.E. Airport Way