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Interested in staying up-to-date with Portland Water Bureau news and information alerts?

Simply follow the steps below to subscribe and automatically receive by e-mail the latest Water Bureau press releases, news announcements, and Water Blog articles. 

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Sign up for a press release subscription and receive Water Bureau emergency alerts and news releases. This includes traffic advisories, news announcements on planned or emergency projects, steps to address and how to contact the Water Bureau with urgent water emergencies, and water efficiency and cold weather tips.

On average, the Water Bureau sends out three to four press releases each month. To register to automatically receive alerts or releases, follow these steps: 

  1. Visit FlashAlert.     
  2. Enter your primary e-mail address.
  3. Click the boxes to the left of both Emergency Alerts and News Releases.
  4. Click Subscribe.     
  5. In the following window, confirm your e-mail address and create a password

Blog Subscription

Since 2011, the Water Bureau has utilized the Water Blog to help share information and knowledge.

The Water Blog, built into the Water Bureau’s website, is just one tool to help distribute important information to thousands of customers. In fact, in 2014, the blog was accessed by more than 1.5 million readers.

The blog is a platform for a variety of topics, and includes detailed articles on how the Water Bureau is:

  • Replacing and maintaining the aging water system infrastructure (repairs, replacements, and upgrades).
  • Providing excellent quality water for customers.
  • Improving responsiveness to customer needs.
  • Promoting engagement of the community. 

Interested in subscribing to our blog? Point and click here for instructions on how to subscribe and review daily, weekly, or monthly e-mails with new Water Blog articles.

Lindsay Wochnick
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Spring Cleaning has Arrived

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Reservoir 5 cleaningTwice 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.  


Hotels Encouraged to Take the H2Otel Challenge

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The Portland Water Bureau is excited to announce the second year of the WaterSense® H2Otel Challenge, a series of water efficiency themed webinars and online tools to help hotels take the “guest” work out of saving water.

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:

  • Assess water use and savings opportunities.
  • Change water-wasting products or processes.
  • Track their water-saving progress and achievements

Free webinars start Thursday, February 26 and will continue through the year.

Topics include:

  • Take the Plunge: The WaterSense H2Otel Challenge
  • Assess, Track, and Realize Payback
  • Demonstrating WaterSense’s WaterUSE Tool
  • Washing 101: A Laundry and Plumbing Efficiency Primer
  • Make a Splash With Outdoor Water Savings
  • Minimizing Water Use in Mechanical/HVAC Equipment
  • What’s Cooking? Kitchen Water Savings
  • Let’s Talk About Education and Outreach

Find out more about the WaterSense H2Otel Challenge on the EPA's WaterSense website.

Rich Barrows
Water Efficiency Program

Join Our Team: Senior Budget Analyst & Water Meter Technician I

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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.

Join our team!

Senior Budget Analyst (Sr. Financial Analyst)

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.

Water Meter Technician I

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.

Lindsay Wochnick
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Water Bureau Adopts New Surplus Property Policy with Increased Public Notification, Involvement Opportunities

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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:

  • Inter-Bureau Transfer or Sale: The properties are first declared surplus by the Water Bureau and then offered for sale to City bureaus and local, regional, and state government.
  • External Notification, Website Announcement, Signage, Printed Notification: If there is no interest, the community notification process begins. This includes external notification to Metro and surrounding county agencies, the State of Oregon, and affected neighborhood coalition and associations. The available property is detailed on the Water Bureau’s Surplus Property website. Signage is placed on the property, identifying it as surplus and a printed public notice is placed in at least one community newspaper.
  • City Council Declares Property Surplus: If no public agency expresses interest in acquiring the property, the Water Bureau prepares a non-emergency Ordinance to be placed on the regular City Council agenda. The Ordinance asks council to declare the property surplus and authorize the Water Bureau to proceed with a public sale.
  • Notice to Sale: Once the City Council designates the property as surplus, the bureau is authorized to place the property on the market for sale.

Click here to access a complete list of surplus property disposal stages.

Website Announcements
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.

Automatic Notification
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 or contact Tom Klutz, Water Bureau Property and Public Resource Manager, at 503-823-7503 or by e-mail.

Lindsay Wochnick
Public Information