GENERAL INFORMATION: 503-823-7404
1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 600, Portland, OR 97204
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 Job Available at the Water Bureau
|POSITION||EMP. TYPE||SALARY||CLOSING DATE|
|Senior Risk Specialist**||Full Time||$5,496.00 - $7,330.00 Monthly||9/11/15 4:30 PM Pacific Time|
**This recruitment will remain open until 75 applications have been received or until the posted closing date, September 11, 2015, whichever comes first.
A. Customers may notice warmer water from their cold water faucets.
B. Shifts in algae populations may occur in the open reservoirs, which could affect the taste/odor of our drinking water.
C. Minimal impacts will be seen as underground water mains act as a refrigerator. Water temperature fluctuates only by a few degrees throughout the year.
D. As water temperature increases, chlorine disinfectant levels can decrease.
This year, these impacts are seen sooner due to the mild winter and spring and 90 degree temperatures in June. The Portland Water Bureau monitors algae in the system to ensure that no harmful species are present. Additionally, chlorine levels are adjusted seasonally to maintain adequate disinfectant levels to protect public health.
Questions or Concerns About Water Quality?
Contact the Water Bureau’s Water Line at 503-823-7525.
It’s been a long, dry summer so far and Portland lawns are looking more like golden fields than lush green carpets.
Get your Hands on Free Water-Saving Tools
Customers may encounter a running hydrant or valve with a flushing sign or a Portland Water Bureau barrier and naturally think it is just a waste of water.
This summer much of the Northwest is experiencing drier than normal conditions with some areas facing water shortages. However, Portland is not facing water shortages, and is fortunate in that we have two sources of water to meet Portland’s needs. We are constantly monitoring our water resources and balancing maintenance activities with available supply.
The Portland Water Bureau uses two techniques to clean and maintain the drinking water system: spot flushing and unidirectional flushing.
For more information, visit the following Portland Water Bureau webpages:
BIG staff work alongside customers to create a water-use history report, identify potential savings, and provide an on-site evaluation of water using devices based on specific needs. Here’s one success story from the BIG Program.
IRC Aluminum & Stainless
Located in North Portland, IRC Aluminum & Stainless is a non‐ferrous metal distributor that provides water‐jet cutting services to the northwest. Water‐jet cutting is a unique technology that can cut a variety of materials with no mechanical stress or heat effect. High pressure pumps used to create the water jets rely on large quantities of continuous “single pass” cooling water that discharges to the sewer after one use.
Cooling is typically accomplished using chillers and/or cooling towers but IRC was in need of a customized system to meet the requirements of their unique operation.
In September 2012, the Water Bureau's Water Conservation Program Coordinator met with IRC personnel to help improve the company’s water efficiency and reduce environmental impacts.
Working together, they developed an innovative design that combined the reuse of pump cooling water together with “free cooling” to the atmosphere using outdoor storage tanks.
The system now reuses cooling water in various cutting operation areas, providing more savings than a chiller system alone. The resulting design reduced cooling water demand by approximately 1.6 million gallons per year or 41 percent of the total use.
IRC’s high capital cost to install the system was reduced by an incentive offered by the Water Bureau.
To read more BIG Water Efficiency Program success stories, visit our Commercial Water Efficiency website.