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For the third year in a row, the Portland Water Bureau’s Engineering Services Group has published the Fiscal Year (FY) 2012-13 Capital Improvement Plan Annual Report (CIPAR).
The purpose of this report is to increase transparency and accountability, and provide current CIP project status details.
The report summarizes the Portland Water Bureau’s progress on its capital projects in the past fiscal year and lays the groundwork for upcoming budget discussions for continuing projects. The CIPAR contains “profiles” for all projects recording costs during FY 2012-13. Major projects with a total cost of more than $500,000 each have a single page profile of project scope, schedule, budget and recent photos.
The report compiles and reconciles multiple data sources including: SAP, AtTask, 903 Mains, GIS, Synergen and team knowledge. Similar to previous years, CIP Planning partnered with many colleagues from the Water Bureau's Administration, Finance and Support Services, and Resource Protection and Planning work groups to ensure data quality as well as a user-friendly presentation.
There is also a separate Appendix of smaller projects that fall below the $500,000 threshold.
Access the complete FY 2012-13 CIP Annual Report on the Water Bureau website at: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/water/CIPAR.
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As of 1:00 pm today, Wednesday November 20, 2013, the boil water notice for some 570 homes in Southwest Portland has been lifted. No contamination was detected following the unexpected loss of pressure, and the water is safe to drink.
After consulting with the Oregon Health Authority on Tuesday, November 19, 2013, the Portland Water Bureau issued a precautionary boil water notice to residents in an area near SW 30th Avenue and SW Vermont Street.
The notice responded to an unexpected loss of pressure following scheduled construction work in the area. Such notice is considered a conservative and proactive best management practice that alerts customers to an incident affecting the water system.
The City encouraged customers to boil their water as a precaution. While unlikely, a loss of pressure in the water system could have allowed contaminants to enter the system without being treated. Samples collected in the affected area showed no contamination.
We regret any inconvenience this incident caused. While the risk was low, a precautionary boil notice is a best practice designed to protect the health of drinking water customers.
Staff at the Portland Water Bureau’s Water Line, at 503-823-7525, is available to answer questions from members of the public.
The Environmental Protection Agency recently released a report on The Importance of Water to the U.S. Economy, November 2013. While recognizing that “…reliable information on the economic importance of water is, in many ways, elusive…” the report intends to supply decision-makers with the information necessary to guide decisions about the use and management of the nation’s water resources; and identifies other areas of research needed.
Portland Water Bureau customers may find some relevance to the information regarding drinking water supplies:
Read the full report here.
Over the next several months, the 25-million gallon underground reinforced concrete reservoir being built a top Kelly Butte in Southeast Portland will begin to rise from the ground.
The 394 by 296 foot underground reservoir will be constructed as two separate cells, each with a capacity of 12.5 million gallons. The two cells will operate independently of one another, providing the Portland Water Bureau with the ability to efficiently clean out or repair one side or the other, all while keeping the system in service.
By mid-September, crews overseen by the Portland Water Bureau and contactor Hoffman Construction Company had completed the excavation of the reservoir’s footprint. Starting in October, truck loads of concrete were brought onto the site and offloaded into a concrete pump truck that began pouring the 266 20-foot-by-20 foot squares that will comprise the floor of the reservoir.
The floor is being poured in a checker-board pattern which will allow for a precision watertight seal and help control shrinkage cracking. The reservoir’s floor is scheduled to be completely poured by spring 2014.
In conjunction with the floor pours, supporting columns are in the process of being constructed using metal forms. Upon completion, 252 columns will support the roof of the reservoir.
After the Kelly Butte Reservoir is brought online in 2015, every five years Water Bureau crews will drain, inspect and wash down each cell.
The construction of the reservoir, along with the intricate network of underground piping, multiple vaults and an overflow basin, will allow Portland to comply with federal LT2 rules. The Kelly Butte Reservoir will serve not only east Portland, but it will also be a stopover to supply water to the Washington Park reservoir and southwest Portland area water storage tanks.
Learn more about the construction of the Kelly Butte Reservoir and the intricate network of underground piping, multiple vaults and overflow basin on the project webpage.
The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that the section of West Burnside Street damaged by a recent water main break is slated to be repaved this weekend.
Eastbound lanes of West Burnside Street between SW Broadway and Third Avenue will be closed from 6:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 10 through the evening of Monday, Nov. 11, Veterans Day. The work depends on dry weather and the schedule may change.
The repaving is the final stage of emergency repairs undertaken by the City of Portland bureaus of water and transportation following the rupture of a 24-inch water main in the early hours of Oct. 29. That break underneath West Burnside Street and Southwest Fourth Avenue caused localized flooding and affected eastbound lanes for two blocks around the site as well as one block of SW Fourth Avenue south of Burnside Street.
The Transportation Bureau reopened the street within four days of the break with a temporary paving fix to restore traffic flow and increase access to local businesses. The intent was to return to the area when weather allows.
Crews need dry weather to complete paving, and the bureau expects a short window this weekend.
During paving, eastbound traffic will be detoured onto SW Broadway to SW Stark Street and then to SW Second Avenue before rejoining West Burnside Street.
One block of SW Fourth Avenue also will be repaved and will be closed at SW Ankeny Street. Northbound travelers on SW Fourth Avenue will be rerouted at SW Pine Street to SW Second Avenue.
For more information, see the Transportation Bureau’s Oct. 31, 2013 news release. For updates over the weekend, follow @PBOTinfo on Twitter.