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Summer Water Supply

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Recent news about state-wide water-use restrictions in California have brought questions about Portland’s water supply to many customers’ minds.  Portland’s water supply is very different from most of the water supplies in California, and the Portland Water Bureau does not anticipate a need for water restrictions here.

Portland’s primary drinking water supply is the Bull Run Watershed, whose supply comes from rain rather than snow.  The low winter snowpack we have experienced on Mt Hood and other places, doesn’t by itself create water supply challenges for Portland. The amount of precipitation that occurs in April, May and June has a much greater influence on summer water supply in the Bull Run.

Currently our reservoirs in the Bull Run are full, and the Columbia South Shore Well Field, our groundwater source is also available if needed. As stewards of the city’s drinking water, the Portland Water Bureau carefully monitors water levels, weather forecasts, and water use patterns to ensure adequate, clean water for all of our customers.  We will be watching our water supply carefully this summer, as we do every year.

While water supplies are on track for this summer, it is always a good practice to use water wisely.  For information on rebates, free showerheads, and other water efficiency tips visit

Sarah Murphy Santner
Water Efficiency Coordinator

TRAFFIC ADVISORY 04/03/15: Eastbound Lane on SE Division Street between SE 66th & SE 69th Avenues Diverted into Center Lane around Work Zone

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A contractor for the Portland Water Bureau is currently installing large piping connections in the intersection of SE 68th Avenue at SE Division Street

Beginning the week of April 6, the work zone will be shifted to the eastbound lane on SE Division Street between SE 66th and SE 69th avenues. Traffic will be diverted into the center lane around the work zone.

Traffic on SE 68th Avenue, between SE Division and Mt. Tabor Park, is open to local access only. Detour signs are posted and sidewalks remain open for pedestrians.

Motorists and bicyclists are urged to use alternate routes and are reminded to drive slowly and exercise caution when traveling in and around the construction area. Typically, work hours are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, with possible occasional Saturday work.

This work is slated for completion in mid-April.

The new piping is part of the water system improvements required to connect two of the city’s large water conduits to the Westside supply line.

Lindsay Wochnick
Public Information

Construction on Fulton Pump Station Replacement Project Begins

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The Portland Water Bureau has begun work in SW Portland’s John’s Landing area to replace the aging Fulton Pump Station that provides water service to areas of SW Portland.

The Fulton Pump Station – located on SW Nevada Street, between SW Macadam Avenue and SW Virginia Avenue – was built in 1912. The pump station has been expanded several times over the years but does not have capacity for Portland’s future water needs. In 2010 and 2011 the Water Bureau explored several options for upgrading or replacing the pump station and found that replacing the outdated facility with a new pump station located in Willamette Park was the best solution.


Design for the new pump station incorporated input from extensive community outreach efforts. The Water Bureau formed a nine-member citizen advisory committee comprised of many neighbors of Willamette Park and held multiple open houses where community members provided feedback on the proposed design. The new facility will be named after Hannah Mason, a philanthropist, landowner, and widow of an early Portland mayor, William S. Mason. At the time of her passing in 1908 she owned the majority of the land on which Willamette Park sits today.

The new pump station will house five pumps, public restrooms, park equipment storage, and will complement the park with a subtle design meant to blend into the surrounding landscape. 

Construction for the project will involve work at the Fulton Pump Station site, the Hannah Mason Pump Station site in Willamette Park, and pipe work in the area including along SW Nevada St and SW Macadam Avenue. Work will began in early March 2015 and is expected to be complete by autumn of 2016. 

The project funding is from a combination of revenue bond sales, water sales revenue, and other construction fund revenues such as system development charges and interest earnings. Total project cost: $15,090,000.

MapThe existing Fulton Pump Station will remain in operational status for a minimum of two years after the Hannah Mason Pump Station is complete and operational.

The Water Bureau is working in close conjunction with Portland Parks & Recreation and other local agencies to coordinate this project with ongoing operations and other projects in the area. We will keep neighbors, local businesses and other stakeholders updated as work progresses.

For general project questions, access the project website at or contact Sam Beresky at 503-235-5881 or The 24/7 project hotline is 503-781-8365.

Terry Black
Public Information

Join Our Team: Water Bureau Emergency Management Manager

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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.

Join our team!

Water Bureau Emergency Management Manager 
Closing Date/Time: Monday, April 20, 2015, 4:30 PM Pacific Time
Salary: $5,941.00 - $7,949.00 Monthly
Job Type: Full Time
Location: Portland Building, 1120 SW 5th Ave, Oregon 

The Water Bureau Emergency Management Manager is responsible for developing, managing and implementing the bureau’s emergency management program.  The incumbent’s duties include providing administrative and technical management, expertise and coordination on program activities; exercising sound judgment and considerable discretion in carrying out responsibilities independently and with awareness of emergency preparedness issues and sensitivities; developing, implementing and managing bureau-wide emergency preparedness programs, including planning, training, education, response, recovery and equipping of bureau staff; coordinating emergency preparedness with other City bureaus and regional agencies; and performing related duties as assigned.

For additional information and to apply for the position, START HERE.

Lindsay Wochnick
Public Information

REMINDER: Historic Landmarks Commission Meeting To Be Held Monday, March 30; Staff Report & Recommendation on Initial Land Use Review Application for Proposed Washington Park Reservoir Project Available for Review by Public

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The Bureau of Development Services (BDS) has released the Staff Report and Recommendation report on the Portland Water Bureau’s initial Type IV Land Use Review (LUR) application for the proposed Washington Park Reservoir Improvements Project. 

The report will be utilized during the upcoming Historic Landmarks Commission public meeting scheduled for Monday, March 30 at 1:30 p.m. on the second floor of 1900 SW Fourth Avenue, Conference Room 2500A.

Access a courtesy copy of the report on the Water Bureau’s project webpage

Project Details
In order to comply with federal and state mandates, and ensure a healthy, resilient, and secure water system, the Water Bureau is moving forward with a project to update the Washington Park reservoir site.

The Water Bureau’s Washington Park Reservoir Improvements Project proposes to build a new below-ground reservoir in the same general footprint as the existing upper Reservoir 3, with a reflecting pool on top.

The lower Reservoir 4 basin and the slope to the west are needed to provide landslide abatement; the slope will be restored to its pre-reservoir condition. Reservoir 4 will be disconnected from the public drinking water system and a lowland habitat area/bioswale and a reflecting pool are also proposed in the Reservoir 4 basin. Work will primarily be within the Historic District.

The initial LUR application proposes the removal of the Weir Building (screen house), portions of lower Reservoir 4’s basin, and upper Reservoir 3’s basin in Washington Park.

The project addresses major reservoir issues, including recurrent landslide damage, compliance with federal law, seismic vulnerability, and deterioration of the 120-year-old structures.

Initial Type IV Land Use Review Application
In December 2014, the Water Bureau submitted the first of two LUR applications (Type IV) to BDS for the proposed Washington Park Reservoir Improvements Project.

On February 9, BDS deemed the Water Bureau’s initial LUR application as complete and issued a “Request for Response.”  This action officially opened the public comment period and set the date for the Historic Landmarks Commission public meeting and the City Council hearing.

Provide Feedback
Public comments on the initial LUR application can be faxed to 503-823-5630 or mailed directly to:

Historic Landmarks Commission
RE: LU 14-249689
1900 SW Fourth Avenue, Suite 4500
Portland, OR 97201

Access a courtesy copy of the LUR application on the Water Bureau’s project webpage.  

Next Steps
In spring 2015, the Water Bureau will submit a second LUR application package that includes two Type III applications. The LUR package will propose the construction of a new covered reservoir, reflecting pools, lowland habitat area/bioswale, walkways, and historic preservation and rehabilitation actions.

The second LUR application process will also include a comment period, public meeting, and hearing to ensure public notification and the opportunity to comment before a final land use decision is rendered. 

Before work permits are issued or construction begins, all LUR applications must be approved. This includes the initial Type IV LUR application and the Type III LUR application package.

The LUR applications are a result of a robust public involvement process that included multiple public open houses and nine Community Sounding Board (CSB) meetings that guided design for the required visible features of the Washington Park project.

Additional Information & Contacts

  • For detailed project information, contact Water Bureau Public Information staff by e-mail or at 503-823-3028.
  • Visit the Bureau of Development Services’ website or call 503-823-7300 for more information on the land use review application process.

Lindsay Wochnick
Public Information