GENERAL INFORMATION: 503-823-7404
1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 600, Portland, OR 97204
Ahoy, mateys! It’s time for this year’s Aquifer Adventure!
Join the Portland Water Bureau and the Columbia Slough Watershed Council for Aquifer Adventure, a free pirate-themed festival all about groundwater.
Date: Saturday, September 17, 2016
Time: 12 - 4 p.m.
Location: 16650 NE Airport Way Portland, Oregon 97230
Come dressed in yer finest pirate garb ready to celebrate the importance of groundwater, the buried treasure critical to our region’s drinking water system.
Learn how to protect groundwater while you search for hidden treasure, set sail on a pirate canoe, build an edible aquifer, travel through rock layers as a drop of groundwater, and more.
The event is suitable for all ages, with free T-shirts for the first 300 kids. No registration is required and all of the activities are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Food will be available for purchase.
For more information, click here. We hope you can join us!
Each quarter, the Bureau of Environmental Services and the Portland Water Bureau offer important information on rebates, payment options, drinking water quality, and water efficiency tips in printed inserts that accompany your sewer-stormwater-water bill.
In the Fall 2016 statement, customers will find a newsletter highlighting how we’re preparing for the “Big One,” three simple actions you can take today to ready your family for an emergency, and details on a long-term project to seismically strengthen key water infrastructure on Portland’s west side.
Take a look inside your bill or access the Customer Newsletter online.
The project complies with federal and state mandates, seismically strengthens key water infrastructure on Portland’s west side, and helps ensure a healthy, resilient, and secure water system.
The project will span from 2016 to 2024. During the first two years, major earthwork will occur along with the construction of shoring walls and the new underground reservoir. This will trigger the most significant impacts to TriMet bus service, traffic, transportation, and parking in the park.
Park users are encouraged to move safely around the park. Please watch for detours and signage and follow direction from flaggers. The public should not follow construction vehicles or buses as they may enter restricted zones. All construction-related traffic impacts are subject to change.
To avoid delays, plan ahead and visit Explore Washington Park and TriMet for transit options in the park. Please consider taking public transit and the Explore Washington Park Free Shuttle. The shuttle runs weekends only now through October 31 and will resume service in the spring.
From September 12, 2016 through March 2018, the following traffic restrictions will be in place:
OPEN FOR PEDESTRIANS/BIKES/TOUR BUSES/SHUTTLE
MULTI-USE SHARED PATH
TRIMET BUS SERVICE
PARK ENTRANCES AND EXITS
During this stage of construction:
The project entails constructing a new 12.4-million gallon, seismically reinforced below ground reservoir in the same footprint of existing Reservoir 3 (upper) with a reflecting pool/water feature on top. The new reservoir will preserve the historic drinking water function provided by the original reservoirs and be engineered to withstand ongoing landslide encroachment and potentially catastrophic effects of a major earthquake.
When complete and online, the new reservoir will supply water to Portland’s west side and serve more than 360,000 people, including all downtown businesses and residents, 20 schools, three hospital complexes, more than 60 parks, and the Oregon Zoo.
Existing Reservoir 4 (lower) will be disconnected from the public drinking water system and a lowland wildlife habitat area, bioswale, and reflecting pool will be constructed in the basin.
For additional project information and updates, contact 503-823-7030, e-mail Lindsay.Wochnick@portlandoregon,gov, or visit www.portlandoregon.gov/water/wpreservoirs.
Lead Watershed Ranger Dan and Watershed Ranger Ken (pictured) completed an inspection of the 6.5 mile southern section of the PCT and Huckleberry Trail, from Lolo Pass to Lost Lake.
To support the Bull Run Treatment Variance, the Portland Water Bureau’s watershed rangers conduct semi-annual inspections of public trails that pass near the Bull Run Watershed.
During these inspections, watershed rangers hike anywhere from three to 11 miles, inspecting portions of both the Oneonta Creek Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). Rangers look for signs of trespass, unauthorized side-trail construction, human and domesticated animal waste, and other suspicious activity. Rangers also assess, post, and maintain Bull Run “No Trespassing” signage along these trails.
In an effort to both better educate members of the public and gauge the level of public trail use, rangers also conduct brief on-trail question and answer sessions with any hikers encountered.
Inspections of the Oneonta Creek Trail and the northern section of the PCT (Indian Mountain to Lost Lake) are scheduled for later in August 2016.
Five Things to Know About the Treatment Variance
September is National Preparedness Month. At the Portland Water Bureau, we prepare as part of our daily work - hardening the backbone of our water system and building storage that will last for generations. In an emergency, everyone has a role to play. What’s your role?
One of the most important things you can do to prepare for an emergency is to have an emergency kit that includes water. People can survive for weeks without food, but only a few days without water. In the Pacific Northwest, your kit should be able to sustain your entire household (pets too!) for 14 days. Experts predict that our region is overdue for a major earthquake that will severely damage water systems and other infrastructure. When this occurs, it will take time for emergency supplies to reach the greater Portland-metro area. You will need to rely on your own resources until help arrives.
Throughout September, we’ll be sharing your neighbors’ stories of storing water and other supplies for an emergency like a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake.
Join them by making a short video about your water storage and posting it at www.facebook.com/portlandwaterbureau. Those who submit videos are entered to win a LifeStraw personal water filter.
Safely storing water for an emergency is an important step in getting your emergency kit together. Need help getting started?
• See HOW to store your emergency H2O. http://bit.ly/storing-H2O
• See WHERE to store your emergency H2O. http://bit.ly/storing-H2O
• See WHAT types of containers to use for your emergency H2O. http://bit.ly/storing-H2O
• Using your own containers to store water for an emergency? Here’s how: http://bit.ly/storing-H2O