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TRAFFIC ADVISORY 05/06/16: Water Main Installation at NW Savier at NW 22nd—Flaggers will direct traffic

By Teresa Black Add a Comment

Portland Water Bureau crews are conducting water main work on NW Savier Street between NW 21st and NW 22nd avenues. In order to conduct the work in the intersection, flaggers will direct traffic around the construction zone. The work will occur Monday, May 9 through Tuesday, May 17, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The traveling public is reminded to stay alert and use caution as traffic may suddenly slow or stop. To avoid traffic delays, motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes around the work site.

TRAFFIC ADVISORY 05/06/16: Portion of Northbound Lane at SE 60th Avenue Closed to Through Traffic on Monday

By Teresa Black Add a Comment

Approximately 100 feet of the northbound lane of SE 60th Avenue just south of SE Hawthorne Boulevard will be closed to through traffic from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday May 9, 2016. Flaggers will direct traffic around the construction zone.

A Portland Water Bureau Construction and Maintenance crew will be excavating in the north bound lane in order to install monitoring equipment.  

Motorists and bicyclists are urged to use alternate routes. Remember to drive slowly, and exercise caution when traveling in the construction zone.

Water Bureau Careers Showcased at Women in Trades Fair

By Jaymee Cuti Add a Comment

During the month of May we will feature the stories of some of the talented and dedicated women in trades at the Portland Water Bureau. 

Many of these women volunteer for the annual Women in Trades Career Fair, produced by Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc. on May 14. This interactive fair encourages middle and high school girls and women to explore the possibility of a future career in the trades.

For more than 13 years, women from the Portland Water Bureau have been a key part of this unique event with the goal of promoting and supporting the advancement and employment of women in the trades.

“The Portland Water Bureau is a great place to work and build a career. I am proud that we have steady participation in the Women in Trades Career Fair, which strengthens our future workforce,” said Michael Stuhr, Water Bureau Administrator.

Thank you to the professional and talented women in the Water Bureau who have dedicated their career to the trades.

Get to Know the Portland Water Bureau Tradeswomen

Sophie Bertrand

Sophie was hired in July 2012 as an Apprentice and successfully completed the program. She is now a Utility Worker II. She has a commercial driver’s license. She participated in the Water Bureau’s water main break event at the Women in Trades Career Fair in 2010, before applying for the Water Bureau’s apprentice program.

Annette Wood and Su Farley

Annette was in school and worked for a cleaning company before being hired as a Utility Worker II Apprentice for the Portland Water Bureau in June 2014. She has a commercial driver’s license and is studying for Distribution 1 certification. Outside of work, Annette enjoys being active in the outdoors.

Su was hired in 2013 at the Portland Water Bureau. She began in the Utility Worker II Apprenticeship program and simultaneously applied for and received the Water Operation Mechanic Apprenticeship. Su is the owner of Ready Made Barricade Inc., a sign and striping company that opened in 1994. Her education includes a business degree from Portland State University.

Water Bureau Careers Showcased at Women in Trades Career Fair

By Lindsay Wochnick Add a Comment

During the month of May we will feature the stories of some of the talented and dedicated women in trades at the Portland Water Bureau. 

Many of these women volunteer for the annual Women in Trades Career Fair, produced by Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc. on May 14. This interactive fair encourages middle and high school girls and women to explore the possibility of a future career in the trades.

For more than 13 years, women from the Portland Water Bureau have been a key part of this unique event with the goal of promoting and supporting the advancement and employment of women in the trades.

“The Portland Water Bureau is a great place to work and build a career. I am proud that we have steady participation in the Women in Trades Career Fair, which strengthens our future workforce,” said Michael Stuhr, Water Bureau Administrator.

Thank you to the professional and talented women in the Water Bureau who have dedicated their career to the trades.

Get to Know the Portland Water Bureau Tradeswomen

Nicki Villebrun-Nelson

Nicki was a Seasonal Worker for the Water Bureau for seven years. She already had a commercial driver’s license and had been a Utility Worker II since 1996. Nicki worked in the field on a service truck for years before becoming a Mower Operator in our Grounds Department.

Jasmine Varela

Jasmine is a lifelong coach. She volunteers as a volleyball coach and a coach for the Water Bureau. She donates her time at summer youth programs sponsored by the Water Bureau. She teaches CPR classes and is CPR certified. She also teaches about our water system to students at Clackamas Community College and other school groups she visits.

Jasmine was hired as an Apprentice Utility Worker II in 2004. After six months, she applied for the Meter Tech 1 and became Backflow Assembly Certified. She is now working as an Operating Engineer. Jasmine joined the Water tapping team in 2007 and became an American Water Works Association (AWWA) National Champion in 2008 for the Portland Water Bureau.

Lindsay Birkenfield

Lindsay used to work at a machine shop. She is currently a Utility Worker II, training to operate loaders and backhoes. She was hired in July 2012 and has her commercial driver’s license with an upgrade to drive dump trucks and be a Construction Equipment Operator. She heard about the Water Bureau’s apprentice program from the Women in Trades Career Fair.

Analyzing Water Samples Collected from Forest to Faucet

By Lindsay Wochnick Add a Comment

 

Since the early 1960s, the Portland Water Bureau has been fortunate to have a water quality testing laboratory, first in the Bull Run Watershed near the treatment facility, then for the last 23 years at the Interstate facility. 

Currently, the lab has eight full time employees: a laboratory manager, a laboratory coordinator, four laboratory analytical specialists, and two laboratory analyst IIs.

Accreditation
The lab is accredited to run drinking water analysis by Oregon Health Authority. To maintain accreditation, the following is required by the lab:

  • Pass two blind performance tests each year for each of the 30 analytical methods.
  • Maintain Standard Operating Procedures (SOPS).
  • Have a Quality Manual.
  • Conduct an in-house assessment by accreditors every two years.
  • Document everything!

By the Numbers

  • The lab performs approximately 30 analytical methods for drinking water and environmental water samples.
  • The lab performs about 95 percent of the drinking water analyses that are required for compliance with state and federal drinking water regulations for the bureau.
  • Last year, the lab processed approximately 11,000 samples for compliance and process control, producing approximately 58,000 sample results plus another 30,000 QC results. Samples were collected from the Bull Run Reservoirs and Lake, Lusted conduits, the ground water system, the distribution system, water mains construction and repair projects, water system customers, and research projects.