GENERAL INFORMATION: 503-823-7404
1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 600, Portland, OR 97204
The four hour test will consist of Water Bureau operating engineers slowly draining approximately 72,000 gallons of de-chlorinated water at 300-gallons per minute from a 54-inch discharge pipe through the meters and then into Johnson Creek.
The test will confirm the meters are accurately measuring water flowing through the pipe and are able to monitor future discharges.
Water Bureau representatives will be on site at Powell Butte throughout the entire duration of the test to supervise and monitor the operation.
The flowrate, temperature, and PH of all water discharged to Johnson Creek will be closely monitored to ensure compliance with all applicable environmental and regulatory requirements.
For questions about the operation, please contact Lindsay Wochnick, Public Information, at 503-823-3028 or by e-mail.
In the Summer 2015 statement, customers will find a newsletter highlighting water conservation, this summer’s water supply, accessing the 2015 Annual Drinking Water Report, how to sign up for a monthly statement, and more!
The Customer Newsletter can also be accessed online.
The sidewalk will be closed to pedestrians, and the bike and motor vehicle lanes will shift to the west on North Interstate Avenue between North Tillamook Street and the intersection of North Interstate and North Larabee avenues. These traffic controls will begin June 8, 2015 and will be in place for two-three weeks. Hours of operation are 7 am to 3 pm, Monday-Saturday.
A contractor for the Portland Water Bureau will be removing the brick face of the bureau’s building at 1900 North Interstate. To protect the public, a construction barrier will be moved close to the sidewalk curb and the bike and motor vehicle lanes will be shifted to the west to make room for both types of vehicles.
Motorists and bicyclists are urged to use alternate routes, remember to drive slowly, and exercise caution when traveling in the construction area.
Project information can be found online at www.portlandoregon.gov/water/interstate.
The Portland Water Bureau has posted its annual water quality report online. The federally-required report outlines how, from forest to faucet, Portland is continuing to deliver clean and safe drinking water for the city of Portland.
In the report, customers can learn why Portland has some of highest quality drinking water in the country, and general information about Portland’s drinking water system. The report, which summarizes water quality results for 2014, outlines that Portland’s drinking water met all public health standards.
“I hope everyone takes a moment to read the report online. This information is extremely important,” said Water Bureau Administrator David Shaff. “Delivering high quality drinking water to our customers is the Water Bureau’s top priority. This report details what goes into delivering water to your tap.”
The Portland Water Bureau is mailing a postcard this week to inform every customer about the availability of the report online. Customers are able to request a paper copy, either online or by phone. The report is available in large font for the visually impaired. Russian, Vietnamese, Chinese and Spanish and can be found online or by calling the Portland Water Bureau Water Line at 503-823-7525.
The report is available online at: www.portlandoregon.gov/water/waterqualityreport.
Requested Budget Submittal
On February 2, the FY 2015-16 Portland Water Bureau Requested Budget was submitted to the City Budget Office.
A Budget Advisory Committee (BAC) -- comprised of representatives of key stakeholders that included members of the community and labor representatives -- worked alongside Water Bureau Administrator David Shaff and Group directors and managers to develop the consensus FY 2015-16 budget per City of Portland guidelines. Representatives of the Portland Utility Review Board (PURB) and the Citizens‘ Utility Board (CUB) also participated in the process along with members of the public.
Mayor’s Proposed Budget
On May 5, Mayor Charlie Hales released the FY 2015-16 Mayor’s Proposed Budget. The proposed budget supports the following Portland Water Bureau requests:
|Rate Increase||Position & Staff Realignment||Position Supporting PUB|
|Increase rates by seven (7) percent.||Position authority for an additional 1.0 Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) for a second full-time ranger position in the Bull Run Watershed, additional 0.50 FTE office support specialist II (OSSII) and the elimination of a full-time permanent OSSII position.||Provide funding for a position in the City Budget Office that will directly support the Portland Utility Board (PUB) administratively and analytically, funding to be equally shared with the Bureau of Environmental Services.|
The first hearing before City Council for the FY 2015-16 Water Rate Ordinance was May 21 and the second reading was on May 27. City Council approved the Water Rate Ordinance authorizing water and water related rates and charges beginning July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016.
The approved retail rate increase is seven (7) percent and will increase the volume rate from $3.682 per hundred cubic feet (ccf) to $3.940 per ccf (or $0.258 per ccf). The base (billing) charge for quarterly billed residential customers will increase from $11.13 to $11.91 (or $0.78) per month. The typical residential customer using 5 ccf per month will pay $31.61, an increase of $2.07 per month, or seven (7) percent greater than the current bill.
Each year, members of the public are invited to be engaged and provide feedback in the budget development process both for the city and for individual bureaus. For the FY 2015-16 budget, public participation opportunities included:
The City Council is scheduled to adopt the FY 2015-16 Budget on Thursday, June 18. For additional information on budget events, visit the City Budget Office’s webpage.