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Night Work on SW Macadam Avenue February 29 through March 4; Traffic Impacts Expected

By Teresa Black Add a Comment

A Portland Water Bureau water main installation project will impact traffic on SW Macadam Avenue near the intersection of SW Nevada Street the evenings of February 29-March 4. To minimize traffic disruptions during busy daytime traffic, work will begin each night at 8 p.m. and be completed by 5 a.m. the next morning, Monday through Friday.

During construction, SW Macadam Avenue will remain open in both directions but traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction and some turning movements could be restricted. As with any construction project, safety is our first priority. Travelers are urged to use alternate routes and are reminded to drive slowly, exercise caution, and follow the direction of flaggers when traveling in and around the construction area.

 Crews will do their best to position equipment to reduce noise in the neighborhood. For more information about nighttime work and noise, visit the City of Portland Office of Neighborhood Involvement Noise Control Program webpage, call the hotline at 503-823-7350, or e-mail

Budget Briefs: Next Year’s Requested Budget Submitted

By Lindsay Wochnick Add a Comment

FY 2016-17 Requested BudgetOn Feb. 1, the Portland Water Bureau submitted the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016-17 Requested Budget to the City Budget Office. The requested budget meets regulatory requirements, helps to prepare us for the “Big One,” and strongly supports strategic initiatives to project the long-term health of our water system.

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  • Rate Change: The Water Bureau is proposing a rate increase for FY 2016-17. Combined with the Bureau of Environmental Services, the proposed utility bill increase is 4.59 percent. This amounts to an average monthly utility bill increase of $4.55 in FY 2016-17.
  • Capital Budget: The requested capital budget continues to prioritize earthquake resilience and ongoing rehabilitation of aging infrastructure.

What’s Next
Over the next few months, Water Bureau Director Michael Stuhr and finance staff will present at City Council budget work sessions, address Council questions, and explain the proposed rate adjustment, decision packages, and capital investments. Staff will also attend public budget forums and the annual Council rate hearings

In late April, Mayor Charlie Hales will release the proposed budget decisions and in June, the City Council will vote to adopt next fiscal year’s budget.

Your Voice Matters
Members of the public are encouraged to provide feedback on the Water Bureau's Requested Budget. Call, click, or attend: 

-   Call us at 503-823-3028
-   E-mail us directly
-   Submit a comment or a question online
-   Get involved by attending a budget forum or hearing
-   Participate at a Portland Utility Board (PUB) meeting

For additional information about the Water Bureau's FY 2016-17 budget process, click here

Apply Now: World Class Engineering Camps Offered to High School Students

By Lindsay Wochnick Add a Comment

Each year, the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) sponsors three Engineering & Construction Camps for high school students, providing first-hand experience in engineering and construction.


These one-week camps, held in June and July 2016, are high energy, hands-on events for students and are led by professional staff of engineers from both private industry and the uniformed military services. Each camp has its own unique focus and theme and is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to learn what engineers do.

Application Process
If you know a high school student that is interested in attending one of the three camps, please encourage them to apply at

The Portland SAME Post sponsors one outstanding applicant to attend their selected SAME Camp. The Post provides a portion of the registration fee and airfare costs (including ticket, taxes, and fees) for the selected student. Applications are due by Friday, Mar. 25, 2016 and selections will be made by Wednesday, Apr. 6, 2016.

Contact Kari Nichols, Water Resources Manager at Mead & Hunt, at 503-548-1496 or by e-mail at

Commissioner Fish Tests for Lead in Home Plumbing

By Lindsay Wochnick Add a Comment

Article posted previously on Commissioner Nick Fish's webpage

Commissioner Fish tests his water for lead.This morning, Rachel Rafanelli from KGW joined Nick at his home to test his water for lead. 

In Portland, we are fortunate to have some of the best drinking water in the world, thanks to the Bull Run Watershed. Because it’s so high in quality, we only have to minimally treat our water. 

The main source of lead in our water comes from household plumbing. Lead solder was commonly used in homes built or plumbed with copper pipes between 1970 to 1985.

The Water Bureau provides free lead-in-water test kits that are available to all customers, which are tested in the Bureau’s Water Quality Laboratory. The Bureau also has a great, simple resource guide to help reduce lead exposure in your home.

Contact the LeadLine for a free lead-in-water test at (503) 988.4000 or order one online. And check out the Water Bureau’s website for easy steps to decrease lead exposure.

TRAFFIC ADVISORY 02/23/16: Traffic Impacts SE 82nd Avenue between SE Morrison and SE Yamhill Streets on Wednesday, Feb. 24

By Teresa Black Add a Comment

The Portland Water Bureau will be installing a new water main in SE 82nd Avenue between SE Morrison Street and SE Yamhill Street on Wednesday, Feb. 24, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Traffic controls and flaggers will be in place directing vehicles through the construction site.  

Drivers traveling both northbound and southbound on SE 82nd Avenue (OR213) can expect slowing and minor delays as lanes will need to be adjusted to accommodate construction equipment and vehicles.

Drivers travelling north and southbound on SE 82nd Ave will not be allowed to turn east bound onto SE Yamhill Street and SE Morrison Street. Additionally, SE Yamhill Street and SE Morrison Street will be closed to through traffic at SE 82nd Avenue.

Travelers are urged to drive slowly in the area under construction and to obey all flaggers and traffic control signs.