GENERAL INFORMATION: 503-823-7404
1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 600, Portland, OR 97204
During the week of November 7, 2016, the Portland Water Bureau will conduct a test of flow meters located in the underground reservoir piping at Powell Butte Nature Park in Southeast Portland.
The half-day test will consist of Water Bureau operating engineers slowly draining approximately one-thousand gallons of de-chlorinated water from the reservoirs, to a discharge pipe, through the flow meters, and then into Johnson Creek.The test will confirm the meters are accurately measuring water flowing through the pipe and can monitor future discharges.
Water Bureau representatives will be onsite at Powell Butte throughout the entire duration of the test to supervise the operation. The chlorine, flowrate, temperature, turbidity, and PH of all water discharged to Johnson Creek will be closely monitored to ensure compliance with all applicable environmental and regulatory requirements.
For questions about the operation, please contact Terry Black Public Information, at 503-823-1168 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wondering what to do with your tots during the rainy days to come? Portland Water Bureau has ideas for you! Here are three easy water-themed projects you can do with items from your home and our own supply of Bull Run water straight from the tap!
Sponge Boats from thecrafttrain.com
Water Cycle Bag from 1001gardens.org
Cloud in a Jar from notimeforflashcards.com
Place the lid with the ice cubes on top of the jar and watch as your cloud forms! Take a look outside—do our Portland clouds look like your jar cloud?
As the weather turns colder and the leaves begin to change and fall, Portlanders may notice that our water takes on a subtle tea color. This is a normal change that occurs around this time every year due to organic materials that have washed into the Bull Run Watershed. Fall rains are responsible for carrying materials into reservoirs and streams before the water is treated. Our drinking water is treated but not filtered, which is why you may see color at your tap water or staining the filters in your business or home.
The color is produced by tannins found in the organic materials, similar to the color you might see in a cup of tea. Tannins do not produce any negative health effects, nor do they change the quality of our water. The length of the fall color season depends on the strength and duration of the rains and the amount of organic material that is carried into the system.
As always, the Portland Water Bureau constantly monitors the water entering our distribution system to continue to meet all state and federal regulations for safe drinking water. Customers will be notified of any changes to water quality if they occur.
Any questions may be directed to the Water Quality Information Line at 503-823-7525.
If you're interested in joining an award-winning public utility where employees thrive on the pride of delivering a life-essential product with world class customer service, the Portland Water Bureau might be just the place for you.
The Water Bureau is a recognized leader in the utility industry. We've achieved this success by investing in the very best people and empowering them to find new and better ways to meet our customer's needs.
The Water Bureau currently employs approximately 560 people. All current job postings with the City of Portland are posted online, and updated weekly. We are an equal opportunity employer that values diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
Current Opportunity at the Water Bureau
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For more information regarding career opportunities at the Water Bureau, contact the Water Administrative Manager at 503-823-1956 or by e-mail.
The Portland Water Bureau, in partnership with other City of Portland bureaus, was recognized for its environmentally sensitive management practices. This helped the City of Portland earn Salmon-Safe certification. The Portland Water Bureau is proud of our environmental stewardship and our role in improving salmon habitat. Portland is the first city worldwide to achieve this designation.
The City of Portland’s designation means that city operations have conditionally passed the organization’s comprehensive science-based evaluation of land and water management practices. Where improvement is needed, facility managers are committing to additional actions to limit water pollution, conserve water use and restore habitat over the next five years.
Salmon-Safe certification affects day-to-day city operations that potentially impact downstream water quality as well as the construction and maintenance of City-managed properties, including City-owned buildings and the City’s fleet of vehicles and bureau maintenance yards.
In practice it means systems are being implemented to further conserve water, reduce pesticide use, improve erosion control and increase installation of rain gardens and other “green infrastructure” to ensure storm water runoff is clean as it filters into wetlands, groundwater, nearby tributaries and the Willamette and Columbia rivers.
Salmon-Safe works across the West Coast to transform land management practices so Pacific salmon can thrive in West Coast watersheds. Click here to learn more.