GENERAL INFORMATION: 503-823-7404
1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 600, Portland, OR 97204
When the street restoration work is complete on Thursday, October 9, the main road on Southeast 162nd Avenue and SE Powell Boulevard will reopen for park use.
Alternate parking is available at the Vivian Pump Station parking lot at 14424 SE Center Street and the Gates parking lot at 13799 SE Holgate Boulevard.
Park users can still access the park using the Anderegg Trail that travels adjacent to the main park road from Southeast 162nd Avenue. For additional trail information, access a trail map here. Please use caution and observe any posted trail closure signs.
To raise awareness and encourage water and energy savings the WaterSense program has declared October to be Shower Better Month. To celebrate, the Portland Water Bureau is giving away free WaterSense-labeled showerheads and 5-minute showertimers! Save water and energy (and money) by taking Better Showers!
To order a free showerhead and showertimer, Portland Water Bureau customers are invited to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Shower Better!” in the subject line. Include your name, mailing address, and Water Bureau account number.
By December 31, 2015, the City of Portland must disconnect the three open reservoirs in Mt. Tabor Park from the city’s drinking water system. This is necessary to comply with federal Environmental Protection Agency drinking water regulations for water quality compliance.
To meet this schedule, the Portland Water Bureau’s Mt. Tabor Reservoir Adjustments Project must begin construction work inside the park in early 2015. This work will create the gaps between pipes required by regulations. These gaps will separate the reservoirs from the city’s water distribution system. This requires that some pipes be cut and the ends plugged. Pipes will remain in place to fill, drain and clean the reservoirs.
A new pipeline will be constructed to allow water to bypass the reservoirs and be delivered to the water distribution and supply systems. Also, three non-historic vaults will be removed and new underground vaults installed in other locations.
In response to public requests for more detailed information about the project, the Water Bureau conducted guided tours of the work sites inside the park. Diagram signs were also placed at each of the work locations for self-guided tours.
The tours were designed to show neighbors and park users the exact locations of proposed project activities, resolve any concerns about the work’s impact on that area, and to solicit suggestions on how the bureau might do the work differently. As a result of feedback and input received during the tours, Water Bureau project team members made several modifications suggested by the public. These changes have been incorporated into the proposed project plans.
On September 26, 2014, the Portland Water Bureau submitted its Type 3 Land Use Review application to the City’s Bureau of Development Services (BDS). It included both a Historic Resources Review and an Environmental Review. The BDS process will include a public comment period and a public hearing.
Land Use Review process documents can be reviewed by visiting the Water Bureau’s website at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/water/mttabor and click on Land Use Review Process.
The future use of the Mt. Tabor reservoir sites is not part of this project. A separate public process, led by Portland Parks & Recreation, will take place, but has not yet been scheduled.
Oregon Health Authority officials and Water Bureau Operating Engineer Brian Robison during the inspection of a water tank in NW Portland.
On August 14, 2014, the State of Oregon completed a routine inspection of the Portland Water Bureau drinking water system. As required by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), Portland’s drinking water system undergoes a thorough, on-site inspection every three years. Portland’s last inspection was in 2011.
The goal of this extensive inspection, also called the Sanitary Survey, is for state regulators from the Oregon Health Authority’s Drinking Water Services to determine if the Water Bureau’s system meets all operational requirements to provide safe drinking water. This includes identifying any conditions that may pose a sanitary or public health risk.
State officials met with Water Bureau staff throughout June, July, and August to evaluate all sanitary aspects of the drinking water system. From quizzing staff about operating procedures to visually inspecting water storage tanks, well equipment, and treatment facilities, the state spent over 55 hours taking an in-depth look at the system.
Now that the inspection is complete, the State will put together a report with the results of the inspection, a process that can take several months. As with all past inspections, the Water Bureau will address and fix any required or recommended improvements outlined in the 2014 inspection report.
To learn more about water quality, visit www.portlandoregon.gov/water/waterquality.
Some of our customers have noticed that when they type our web address, portlandoregon.gov/water, into Google, the Portland Water Bureau is not their first hit.
Instead, an advertisment appears at the top for a third-party billing service. The site, which is unaffiliated with the Portland Water Bureau, states it allows customers to “Pay your water bill online now” and “avoid late fees.” The ad is marked with the word “ad” in a yellow box.
The Portland Water Bureau wants to remind our customers that such offers are not associated with the City of Portland, nor does the Portland Water Bureau have any connection with such companies, or any other third-party biller.
To avoid viewing these ads at all, you may want to download and install an ad blocking program.
You can still pay your utility bill online at the Portland Water Bureau’s official website, which carries our Benson Bubbler logo and the City of Portland’s seal. Simply visit www.portlandoregon.gov/water and click, “Pay my water/sewer bill.” After you log on, you can pay your bill online and you will not be charged a service fee for the convenience of paying online.
If you are ever concerned about matters related to your water service, please call Customer Service at 503-823-7770.