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Twice a year, the in-service uncovered reservoirs in Mt. Tabor Park are drained and cleaned. To prepare for cleaning, much of the water in the reservoirs is paid out into the system’s drinking water. Once they are ‘drawn down’, the remaining water goes down a drain into the combined sewer system. Once the reservoirs are empty, Water Bureau crews clean them and perform normal system inspections and minor repairs.
Once cleaning and inspections are completed, the reservoir is disinfected, filled to normal operating range, tested to ensure the water is potable and if results come back “clean”, put back into service.
The Portland Water Bureau has drawn down Reservoir 5 in Mt. Tabor Park in order to perform annual spring cleaning procedures. The reservoir is now offline and empty and crews are busy cleaning it. The reservoir will be put back into service in the next few days.
The H2Otel Challenge is a national effort designed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) WaterSense® program to help hotel managers learn how to ACT to save water, energy, and money:
Free webinars start Thursday, February 26 and will continue through the year.
Find out more about the WaterSense H2Otel Challenge on the EPA's WaterSense website.
Water Efficiency Program
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.
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Closing Date/Time: Fri. 02/27/15 4:30 PM Pacific Time
Salary: $5,654.00 - $7,550.00 Monthly
Job Type: Full Time
Location: Portland Building, 1120 SW 5th Ave, Oregon
Position Description: The Senior Budget Analyst is responsible for the development, reporting, and monitoring of the bureau’s operating and capital budgets. This position is also responsible for performing complex financial, budgetary, policy, and operational analyses associated with managing the budget. The position is expected to work closely and collaboratively with bureau management team, supervisors, managers, and staff in various work groups to coordinate and develop the Bureau’s budget submittal and make sound business and financial decisions. The position provides lead work direction of a budget analyst. Work requires a thorough understanding of budgetary and financial analysis principles, methods and techniques; sound and objective policy analysis; professional judgment in selecting appropriate analytical methods in developing proposals and recommendations and the ability to present fact-based information and recommendations.
Apply: For additional information and to apply for the Senior Budget Analyst position, START HERE.
Closing Date/Time: Mon. 03/09/15 4:30 PM Pacific Time
Salary: $22.56 - $24.25 Hourly
Job Type: Full Time
Location: Water Bureau Lab, 2010 N Interstate Ave, Oregon
Position Description: This is a skilled position, involving inspecting, installing, repairing, cleaning and testing small water meters. Duties include: installing and repairing water meters and including performing percentage calculations as needed; using a variety of hand and power tools; keeping a meter truck supplied with parts for many different types of meters; keeping safety equipment, instruments, tools and equipment in safe operating condition; driving the meter truck to the work site, analyzing sites for hazardous conditions; setting up the site with required traffic control equipment. Water Meter Technicians I may also repair and replace defective meter parts with new parts to meet tolerance specifications and reassemble repaired meters. Please note: THIS RECRUITMENT WILL CLOSE WHEN 75 APPLICATIONS ARE RECEIVED OR NO LATER THAN 4:30PM, MONDAY, MARCH 9, 2014.
Apply: For additional information and to apply for the Water Meter Technician I position, START HERE.
On Wednesday, February 18, Commissioner Nick Fish briefed City Council on a new surplus property policy developed by the Portland Water Bureau and the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES). The new policy guides the bureaus’ disposal of surplus properties and includes an increased level of public notification and opportunities for community involvement.
Here is a snapshot of the new way the Water Bureau does business around surplus property:
Click here to access a complete list of surplus property disposal stages.
As part of the new policy, the Water Bureau developed a robust Surplus Property website. The properties are listed by geographic area (N, NE, NW, SE, and SW). Each property has a dedicated page that includes photos, site details, reason for intent to dispose, square footage, zoning, conditions of sale, and information on the surplus property’s stage of disposal.
The public can receive notification by e-mail when the Water Bureau posts new surplus property notifications on the website. Enroll here.
Other City Surplus Property Websites
For questions regarding the surplus property process and policy, visit the website at www.portlandoregon.gov/water/surplus or contact Tom Klutz, Water Bureau Property and Public Resource Manager, at 503-823-7503 or by e-mail.