GENERAL INFORMATION: 503-823-7404
1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 600, Portland, OR 97204
Consider these tips from the Portland Water Bureau for improving your water efficiency this year.
Magic of Mulch
Add two (2) inches of mulch to your garden beds to help retain moisture in the soil, suppress weeds, and encourage strong root systems. Some of the best mulches are composted yard debris and other organic materials. Learn more here.
Left to right: Hardy Fushia, Western Columbine, Lavender
Right Plant, Right Place
Shopping for plants in the spring is a gardener’s joy. With so many beautiful choices, it can be overwhelming. One of the central tenets of water-wise landscaping is choosing the right plant for the right place. To help choose the right plants for your yard such as the examples above, request a copy of the excellent plant guide, Water Efficient Plants for the Willamette Valley. Call 503-823-4527 or e-mail email@example.com.
Planting and Maintaining Your Lawn
Nearly 30 percent of the water used in a single-family residence is used in the summer to water lawns. As a result, the Portland metropolitan area can use two to three times as much water in the summer months than in the winter months. Learn how to properly install and maintain your lawn, and keep it green and healthy with the appropriate amount of resources — fertilizer, water, and your time.
How you choose to irrigate depends on your budget, the type of plants you have, and size of your landscape. Regardless of what you use to irrigate - a hose, drip, or automatic irrigation system - there are several best practices that are important to follow. The Water Bureau offers rebates for automatic irrigation system upgrades.
Sarah Murphy Santner
Exposure to lead is a major hazard to infants, young children, and pregnant women. Scientists have linked the effects of lead on the brain with lowered IQ in children, and even low levels of lead can cause permanent brain and kidney damage.
The bad news is that lead poisoning can and does happen in the Portland-area. In a study of older homes in North, Northeast and Southeast Portland, 71% had composite lead dust levels that exceed federal standards.
The good news is that exposure to lead is entirely preventable.
In Portland, the most common source of lead exposure is not from lead in water but from lead-based paint. The Water Bureau’s unique and award-winning Lead Hazard Reduction Program, developed in coordination with state and local public health agencies to comply with the federal Lead and Copper Rule, focuses on all hazards posed by lead, while targeting those most at-risk. The program currently provides resources for hazard reduction in homes, free blood lead testing, and community education and outreach regarding lead hazards.
If your organization has identified a need for lead hazard reduction in your community and have ideas for addressing that need, please consider submitting an application. For projects or programs that are applying to the program for the first time, applications are due to the Lead Hazard Reduction Program by Wednesday, April 29 at 5 p.m. If you have any questions, please contact the Lead Hazard Reduction Program at 503-823-1547.
The application is available online.
The testing will involve a crew using equipment to drill geotechnical test anchors along SW Sacajawea Blvd. on the east side of Reservoir 3 and along the promenade on the north side of the reservoir. The testing is scheduled to be completed by mid-May.
This work is supporting the design for the Water Bureau’s proposed Washington Park Reservoir Improvements Project to build a new below-ground reservoir in the same general footprint as the existing upper Reservoir 3, with a reflecting pool on top. The lower Reservoir 4 will be disconnected from the public drinking water system. A lowland habitat area/bioswale and a reflecting pool are also proposed in the Reservoir 4 basin.
Roads around the work site, including SW Sacajawea Blvd., will remain open with intermittent flagging during setup over the drill locations. The sidewalk along SW Sacajawea Blvd. will be closed for public safety.
TriMet bus stop ID 6177 (SW Sacajawea Blvd. and SW Sherwood Blvd.) on Line 63 will be closed from April 20 to May 4.
Park users, including motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians, are urged to use alternate routes, remember to drive slowly, and exercise caution when traveling in the construction area.
The geotechnical testing will assist Water Bureau engineers in:
For more information about the proposed Washington Park Reservoir Improvements Project, contact Lindsay Wochnick, Water Bureau Senior Community Outreach & Information Representative, at 503-823-3028 or visit www.portlandoregon.gov/water/wpreservoirs.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation as the Portland Water Bureau works to improve the city’s century-old water system.
The public is invited to attend the Portland Water Bureau and Mt. Hood National Forest Bull Run working group meeting on Wednesday April 22, 2015, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM in the in the Bull Run conference room on the 5th floor of the Portland Building at 1120 SW 5th Avenue in Portland.
Under the terms of a 20-year agreement between the Portland Water Bureau and the Mt.HoodNational Forest, staff engaged in the management of the Bull Run watershed, Portland’s primary drinking water source, will meet semi-annually each year. The purpose of these meetings is to review work plans, budgets and staff assignments; and communicate accomplishments and issues addressed during the course of management activities. An annual report is presented at the spring meetings.
For the past six years, the City of Portland has played host to the Rose City Yarn Crawl, inviting local knitters, crocheters, spinners, and felters to explore the many yarn shops in and around Portland.
During the crawl, each yarn shop offers featured patterns. This year, shops designed patterns highlighting some of the Portland area’s memorable landmarks and destinations.
One of the patterns introduced during the yarn crawl was a crocheted “Benson Bubbler Teapot Cozy” by Tinaka Schwendiman.
This imaginative pattern includes a fountain body, bowls, water, and spouts, and is 20” in circumference at its widest point and 5” tall.
All patterns presented at this year’s crawl, including the “Benson Bubbler Teapot Cozy,” are available for download individually or as part of the 2015 eBook, “Postcards from Portland.”