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Win Two Tickets to the Association of Northwest Landscape Designers Garden Tour

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The Portland Water Bureau is proud to sponsor the 12th Annual Designers Garden Tour on Saturday, June 18, 2016! 

Hosted by the Association of Northwest Landscape Designers (ANLD), this self-guided tour allows visitors to experience beautiful eastside gardens, meet local landscape designers, take in original art, and gather landscaping ideas.


This year there are seven exquisitely designed gardens to visit. From stunning personal garden retreats to gardens filled with incredible plant collections to finely crafted hardscapes and garden décor, there is something for everyone.


Talk with local experts about the water-wise plant options you see along the tour. You’ll find that saving water is beautiful!  When the right plant is in the right place, everyone is happy! The Portland Water Bureau will have a table nestled in one of the water-efficient gardens on the tour.

This year the Portland Water Bureau has two ANLD Garden Tour tickets to give away! 
To win a tour for two, simply comment on this post with your favorite water-wise plant. We’ll randomly choose from everyone who submits a comment.  Winners will be contacted by June 1, 2016.

Tickets are also available at Al’s Garden Center, Garden Fever, Portland Nursery, The Gardener’s Choice Garden Center, and online at

Join our Team: Assistant Program Specialist, Engineering Technician II, Surveying Aide II

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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.

Current Job Opportunities

Position   Emp. Type   Salary   Closing Date/Time Join Our Team 
 Assistant Program Specialist  Full Time  $4,106.00 - $6,324.00 Monthly Mon. 05/23/16 4:30 PM Pacific Time  Apply Here
 Engineering Technician II  Full Time  $26.64 - $33.99 Hourly Mon. 06/06/16 4:30 PM Pacific Time  Apply Here
 Surveying Aide II  Full Time  $24.26 - $28.24 Hourly Mon. 06/06/16 4:30 PM Pacific Time  Apply Here

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

Water Bureau Tradeswomen Make a Splash at Women in Trades Career Fair

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Participants lined up to take part in the main break simulation led by tradeswomen from the Portland Water Bureau at the annual Women in Trades Career Fair, produced by Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc., last weekend. This interactive fair encourages middle and high school girls and women to explore the possibility of a future career in the trades.

For more than 13 years, women from the Portland Water Bureau have been a key part of this unique event with the goal of promoting and supporting the advancement and employment of women in the trades.

Young girls and adult women suited up in rain ponchos, boots and other safety gear to learn about the real work that talented and dedicated tradeswomen at the Portland Water Bureau perform every day. 

“The Portland Water Bureau is a great place to work and build a career. I am proud that we have steady participation in the Women in Trades Career Fair, which strengthens our future workforce,” said Michael Stuhr, Water Bureau Administrator.

Many Portland Water Bureau employees attended with their daughters, who gained first-hand experience by jackhammering with the Bureau of Maintenance, climbing a ladder with Portland Fire and Rescue and climbing utility poles with Portland General Electric.

For more information about this successful event, please visit To get to know tradeswomen at the Portland Water Bureau, check out these past blog articles here, here, and here.

Preparing for Our Customer’s Summer 2016 Water Needs

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The Bull Run water system is designed to capture and store rainfall from the rainy season to provide an adequate water supply during the dry summer months. The city has an additional, high quality water source in the Columbia South Shore Well Field which augments summer supply. This groundwater source is the state's second largest water supply after Bull Run.

The Portland Water Bureau is prepared once again to meet our customer’s water needs, even through another hot and dry summer.

Since 1993, the Water Bureau has developed annual contingency plans for summer season supply. Each spring an interdisciplinary team evaluates a range of variables related to water supply and demand. These include available water supplies, past and projected water demand, the impacts of regional conservation programs, public health protection, water quality, and native fish protection to name a few.

The plan is used to guide operational strategies to ensure the Portland Water Bureau continues to provide high-quality drinking water to our customers while meeting all of our system’s needs. 

Looking Back, Moving Forward
The Water Bureau's 2015 Summer Supply summary can be viewed on our website along with tips to use our water wisely. The 2016 Summer Supply Plan is currently being developed and will be posted online as well.

Powell Butte Nature Park Visitor Center Now Open!

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Visitor Center at Powell Butte Nature Park

In mid-May 2016, the Powell Butte Nature Park Visitor Center officially opened its doors to the public.

The new Visitor Center is now open for public use Wednesdays through Sundays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. No reservation is needed.

The facility features a solar roof, full-wall mural of Portland, interactive display panels, pipe exhibits including a 90’ walk-through pipe, a paved interpretive trail highlighting the butte’s diverse habitat types, and displays by local tribes. The facility also includes restrooms that will be open during park hours.

The Visitor Center replaces the “little red shed” which served as the Nature Park’s maintenance building and restroom for many years.

The Visitor Center, along with the caretaker’s house and maintenance building, were required under the Portland Water Bureau’s Conditional Use Master Plan to build the second of two 50-million gallon underground reservoirs at Powell Butte. The first 50-million gallon underground reservoir became operational in 1981 and the second in 2014.

For additional information, visit  

Keeping the Visitor Center Safe
If you see someone in the act of tampering with, removing, or destroying park property, please contact Portland Police at 9-1-1 and Water Bureau Security at 503-823-6084.