GENERAL INFORMATION: 503-823-7404
1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 600, Portland, OR 97204
The awards were presented during a ceremony at the PNWS-AWWA annual conference in Bellevue, Washington on April 30.
Each year, water utilities from across the region submit their brochures, reports, websites, and other communication tools to the PNWS Communications Committee for award consideration. This year the Communications Committee also asked college students to review the materials.
The Water Bureau’s Clean, Cold, Constant brochure was developed to convey to Portland’s new residents basic, yet crucial, information about their water system. The award review committee found the brochure to be so good that it won the Best Print Media for a large utility and Best in Show.
Water Efficiency Program Coordinator Sarah Santner developed and wrote the brochure and Graphic Designer III Sarah Fine designed and illustrated it. Congratulations to this creative team for their much deserved awards!
“The brochure does an impressive job of packaging information on water sources, system, quality, service charges, and efficiency,” says Water Bureau Administrator David Shaff. “The eye catching creative designs and easy-to-read text grabs the attention of the reader.”
To get a copy of the award-winning brochure, contact 503-823-4527 or e-mail email@example.com.
Beginning Thursday, June 11, the Portland Water Bureau will begin using its groundwater wells in the Columbia South Shore Well Field to ensure adequate supplies of water to its customers while work on supply conduits from Bull Run is being completed.
While public notification is not required, the Water Bureau informs the media and sensitive water users, as a practice, when it activates groundwater. One change that customers may notice is a slight increase in hardness. The media and sensitive water users will again be notified when it returns to 100 percent Bull Run water.
The Columbia South Shore Well Field is a high-quality water supply that meets or surpasses all federal and state drinking water regulations. Portland has access to two excellent water sources that can be used to meet water demands throughout the year.
As part of system improvements, maintenance work is being conducted on the Water Bureau’s three supply conduits. Work to strengthen the interties between the conduits will soon begin on the last and largest conduit. This scheduled maintenance coincides with an increase in water demand. As a result, groundwater from the Columbia South Shore Well field will be used to continue supplying clean, safe and constant drinking water to customers.
“In Portland, we’re fortunate to have two high quality sources of water,” said Portland Water Bureau Administrator David Shaff. "As other parts of the nation are struggling to meet their water supply needs, it's comforting that we can turn to our Columbia South Shore Well Field to meet our customers’ needs."
The groundwater system is estimated to contribute approximately 8% of supply for up to four weeks during the scheduled improvement work. While the work is being performed, the bureau will take the opportunity to perform its annual maintenance operation of the groundwater system, replacing the maintenance run scheduled for next month.
Depending on location, it will take between one and eight days for groundwater to move through the distribution system and reach customers. For more information about Portland’s drinking water quality, call the Water Line at 503-823-7525.
Approximately 25,000 customer samples have been analyzed for lead in water through the Water Bureau’s testing program. While all known sources of lead have been removed from the Water Bureau’s distribution system, customers can be exposed to lead through their home plumbing.
To learn more visit http://www.portlandoregon.gov/water/lead. To request a free lead in water test kit, visit www.leadline.org or call 503-988-4000.
In order to comply with federal and state mandates, and ensure a healthy, resilient, and secure water system, the Portland Water Bureau is moving forward with a project to update the Washington Park reservoir site in southwest Portland.
On May 13, the Portland City Council gave unanimous tentative approval on the Portland Water Bureau’s Washington Park Reservoir Improvements Project Type IV Land Use Review (LUR) application.
The final decision was rescheduled from Wednesday, June 10.
Members of the public are welcome to attend. However, no public testimony will be heard as the public comment and testimony period closed on May 7. Opportunity for public input included the Historic Landmarks Commission meeting in March 2015 and the City Council hearing in April 2015.
The initial Type IV LUR application proposes the removal of the Weir Building (screen house), portions of lower Reservoir 4’s basin, and upper Reservoir 3’s basin in Washington Park. The gatehouses, dams, and other historic features will be protected and restored.
The Water Bureau’s Washington Park Reservoir Improvements Project proposes 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 and a lowland habitat area/bioswale and a reflecting pool will be constructed in the basin. Much of the Reservoir 4 basin and the slope to the west are needed to provide landslide abatement; the slope will be restored to its pre-reservoir condition.
The new below-ground reservoir in the place of Reservoir 3 will be constructed so that it is outside of the moving edge of the landslide, which will help protect it from damage.
The project addresses major reservoir issues, including recurrent landslide damage, compliance with federal law, seismic vulnerability, and deterioration of the 120-year-old structures.
Type III LUR Application Package
In spring 2015, the Water Bureau will submit a second LUR application package that includes two Type III applications:
The LUR package will propose the construction of a new covered reservoir, reflecting pools, lowland habitat area/bioswale, walkways, and historic preservation and rehabilitation actions. The second LUR application process will also include public comment periods and public hearings to ensure public notification and the opportunity to comment before a final land use decision is rendered.
Before work permits are issued or construction begins, all three LUR applications must be approved.
The LUR applications are a result of a robust public involvement process that included multiple public open houses, nine Community Sounding Board meetings that guided design for the required visible features of a new reservoir in Washington Park, five public meetings before the Historic Landmarks Commission, and three City Council hearings.
Additional Information & Contacts
For detailed project information, visit the project webpage or contact Water Bureau Public Information staff at 503-823-3028 or by e-mail. Visit the Bureau of Development Services’ website or call 503-823-7300 for more information on the land use review application process.
This free bilingual family event will be held at Whitaker Ponds Nature Park at 7040 NE 47th Avenue. Activities will be offered in both Spanish and English for all ages and will include:
The first 300 visitors will receive a free Explorando t-shirt. No registration is necessary.
For more information, visit the Slough News webpage.
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