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TRAFFIC ADVISORY 03/17/16: Paving to be Performed on SE 82nd Avenue between SE Morrison and SE Yamhill streets - Expect Delays

By Teresa Black Add a Comment

The Portland Water Bureau will be paving in SE 82nd Avenue between SE Morrison to SE Yamhill on Friday, March 18, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. and Tuesday, March 22 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.  Traffic controls and flaggers will be in place directing vehicles through the construction site.

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 project worksite.

Go Green & Save Water This Week!

By Lindsay Wochnick Add a Comment

Each St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago, IL there is a tradition of dyeing the Chicago River green. In Washington DC, the White House fountain also sports a vibrant leprechaun color in celebration. Here in Portland, you don’t have to be Irish to go green and save water this week! It is fix a leek week. Keep your home leak-free by repairing dripping faucets, toilet flappers, and showerheads.

Save that pot of gold this “Fix a Leak Week”! In most cases, fixing leaks and upgrading fixtures doesn’t require a major investment. As a Portland Water Bureau customer, FREE water conservation kits including new showerheads and faucet heads are available to you. How’s that for good luck?  And if a new fixture head doesn’t solve the issue, many repairs you can do on your own.

Remember these simple steps: check, twist, and replace. Check for leaks in your bathroom using this easy how-to video.  Then twist and tighten plumbing connections to stop drips. And don’t forget to replace old fixtures with WaterSense models to save water and money. 

You can also use your water meter to check for leaks by noting the reading before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter changes at all, you probably have a leak. If you think you have a leak, don’t despair! There are lots of resources available to help you isolate and fix leaks around your home. Here’s one of our favorites, a video on fixing common toilet leaks. Good luck; you can do it!

WANTED: Leak Detectives for Fix a Leak Week

By Lindsay Wochnick Add a Comment

Today marks the start of Fix A Leak Week, a national awareness week organized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to encourage people to find and fix water leaks. 

Be a Leak Detective!  
All you need is a Portland Water Bureau Home Water Audit Kit and 15 minutes. A Home Water Use Audit will help you understand where you can start saving the most water inside your home. This process is simple and may take up to an hour to complete. It will help you locate leaks, prioritize fixing them, and help you start saving money and water.

The Water Bureau offers free Home Water Audit Kits to its customers. This kit includes a bag to measure shower and faucet flow rate, toilet  leak detection tablets, a drip gauge to measure leak rate and instructions for use.

To request a Home Water Audit Kit or other free water conservation devices, please contact us at 503-823-4527 or e-mail us at

Fix that Leak
Identifying and fixing leaks can be done by the whole family.  Check out these games and activities for kids.


Join our Team: Water Treatment Operator II, Environmental Specialist, Senior Public Works Inspector

By Lindsay Wochnick Add a Comment

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 not just a place where people work, but a place where people come to stay. We have a strong commitment to customer service, equity, diversity, responsiveness, community involvement, and environmental stewardship.

We're a recognized leader in the utility industry, achieving this success by investing in the very best people and empowering them to find new and better ways to meet our customer's needs.

We 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.

Current Opportunities at the Water Bureau

Position   Emp. Type   Salary   Closing Date/Time Join Our Team 
Water Treatment Operator II Full Time $26.05 - $33.67 Hourly Mon. 03/14/16 4:30 PM Pacific Time Apply Here!
Environmental Specialist Full Time $32.36 - $41.32 Hourly Mon. 03/21/16 4:30 PM Pacific Time Apply Here!
Senior Public Works Inspector Full Time $32.42 - $38.19 Hourly Mon. 03/21/16 4:30 PM Pacific Time Apply Here!

Learn More about the Water Bureau 

For more information on jobs at the Water Bureau, contact the Water Administrative Manager at 503-823-1956 or by e-mail

Portland Water Helps Local Children "Make Waves" at Clean Water Festival

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This past Tuesday, March 8, the Portland Water Bureau proudly participated in an extraordinary event called the Children’s Clean Water Festival

The festival is a one-day environmental education event for 4th and 5th grade students from around the Portland Metro area.

The Festival reinforces STEM, Common Core and Next Generation Science concepts through water-focused classroom presentations, exhibits, and stage shows. 

This year more than 1,500 children from more than 20 different schools attended the event. Staff from the Water Bureau are part of the planning committee, serve as class guides, and teach classes on topics such as groundwater, how to build a water main, and water tasting. 

To learn more about this annual event, visit