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Feb. 2, 2018: Cryptosporidium Monitoring Update

Feb 2 Cryptosporidium UpdateThe Portland Water Bureau received results from ongoing monitoring from the Bull Run Watershed intake for Cryptosporidium, a potentially disease-causing microorganism. Two Cryptosporidium oocysts were detected in a 50-liter sample collected on Tuesday, Jan. 30. Prior to this detection, Cryptosporidium was last detected from the Bull Run Watershed intake on Jan. 15, when one oocyst was detected in a 50-liter sample.

The bureau continues to use the Bull Run as its primary source of drinking water. The Portland Water Bureau does not currently treat for Cryptosporidium, but is required to do so under the drinking water regulations. Portland is working to install filtration by 2027 under a compliance schedule with Oregon Health Authority. In the meantime, Portland Water Bureau is implementing interim measures such as watershed protection and additional monitoring to protect public health. Consultation with public health officials has concluded that at this time, customers do not need to take any additional precautions.

About Cryptosporidium                                             

Exposure to Cryptosporidium can cause cryptosporidiosis, a serious illness. Symptoms can include diarrhea, vomiting, fever and stomach pain. People with healthy immune systems recover without medical treatment. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people with severely weakened immune systems are at risk for more serious disease. Symptoms may be more severe and could lead to serious or life-threatening illness. Examples of people with weakened immune systems include those with AIDS; those with inherited diseases that affect the immune system; and cancer and transplant patients who are taking certain immunosuppressive drugs.

The Environmental Protection Agency has estimated that a small percentage of the population could experience gastro-intestinal illness from Cryptosporidium and advises that customers who are immunocompromised and receive their drinking water from the Bull Run Watershed consult with their healthcare professional about the safety of drinking the tap water. The Portland Water Bureau and Burlington, City of Gresham, City of Sandy, City of Tualatin, Green Valley, GNR, Hideaway Hills, Lake Grove, Lorna Portland Water, Lusted, Palatine Hill, Pleasant Home, Raleigh, Rockwood, Skyview Acres, Tualatin Valley, Two Rivers, Valley View and West Slope Water Districts receive all or part of their drinking water supply from the Bull Run. To learn if your drinking water comes from Bull Run, please contact your local drinking water provider.

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The public and the media are encouraged to view all sampling results posted to the

City’s website at The bureau will notify the media and public immediately should further test results indicate a risk to public health and precautions are necessary.

Customers with questions regarding water quality can call the Water Line at  503-823-7525.

Restoring Salmon Habitat in the Bull Run River

We’re helping restore salmon habitat in the Bull Run Watershed! Over the past two days, 600 cubic yards of gravel have been shot from the back of a truck into the Bull Run River.

The gravel settles into the river and creates vital spawning habitat for threatened salmon. This work is a part of our plan to conserve fish and wildlife habitat in the Bull Run Watershed. The best part? Recent data show that our conservation efforts are having a positive impact!

Stay tuned within the next several days for more information about our conservation work.

We're Hiring: Remittance Technician

Remittance TechnicianIf 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

Position   Emp. Type   Salary   Closing Date/Time Join Our Team 
Remittance Technician  Full Time $18.34 - $25.66 Hourly Mon. 2/12/2018 11:59 PM Pacific  Apply here!

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For more information regarding career opportunities at the Water Bureau, contact (503) 823-3515 or e-mail.

Save Money and Connect with Resources at a 2018 Fix-It Fair

Fix-It Fair Water Bureau tableHave you been to a Fix-It Fair this year?

If not, do not worry! There's still time!

The last Fix-It Fair of the season is next week on Saturday, Feb. 24. Details are below.

Mark your calendars for this this FREE and informative community event.

Date: Saturday, Feb. 24
Time: 9:30am - 2:30pm
Madison High School
2735 NE 82nd Ave.
Portland, OR 97220


Get a head start on your goals for 2018 by attending an upcoming Fix-It Fair!

Committed to saving money? Need to fix that busted kitchen appliance? Looking for easy ways to conserve your water use?

The Portland Water Bureau is a proud sponsor of the City of Portland’s Fix-It Fairs.

A Fix-It Fair is a free event with exhibits and workshops that cover topics including water and energy savings, food and nutrition, recycling, home weatherization, gardening and growing food, yard care and composting, and transportation.

The Portland Water Bureau will be tabling at two upcoming Fix-It Fairs as well as hosting two public workshops.

Saving Water Makes Cents

Learn to save water and money at home. Manage your water and sewer costs while being a good steward of our water supply.

Water Quality & Home Plumbing Maintenance

Water-related lead exposure in Portland is linked to building plumbing and fixtures. Learn how to protect your family, and receive a FREE lead-in-water test kit to find out if your home plumbing is releasing lead. Get tips for maintaining your hot water heater, troubleshooting low water pressure, and other important drinking water quality issues.

For more information about Fix-It Fairs, call 503-823-4309 or visit

Please mark your calendars for the Fix-It Fair dates below.

 Upcoming Fix-It Fairs

Saturday January 27, 2018
9:30am - 2:30pm
George Middle School
10000 N Burr Ave
Portland, OR 97203

Saturday February 24,  2018
9:30am - 2:30pm
Madison High School
2735 NE 82nd Ave
Portland, OR 97220

Local Students Tackle Real-World Water Challenges Using STEM and LEGO®

LEGO League visits Portland Water Bureau

We all remember middle school, right?

For many of us, designing water related problem-solving prototypes probably wasn’t a part of our daily life. But for more than 235,000 kids from 90 countries, that’s exactly what they’ve been up to this fall. As a part of the FIRST LEGO® League 2017-2018 HYDRO DYNAMICS℠ Challenge students are encouraged to learn all about how we find, transport, use, and/or dispose of water, and propose solutions for any issues they identify.

LEGO students display their project workPortland Water Bureau Staff Support Student Scientists

FIRST LEGO® League challenges kids to think like scientists and engineers. To do this, students are encouraged to meet with local experts about the problem they identified and gather feedback on their proposed solution. Staff from across the Portland Water Bureau have had the pleasure of working with several of these teams over the last few months, some of which headed to the Oregon FIRST LEGO® League Championship Tournament on Jan. 13 and 14!

Water Bureau staff worked with local LEGO® teams on developing in-home point source metering technology, phone applications to encourage kids to save water, rainwater harvesting prototypes, flowmeters, water quality testing, understanding hydraulic gradeline models, and more. Experts from operational analysis, the meter shop, education, communications, and water efficiency supported the students with feedback and resources.

LEGO students visit the Water BureauRobots on a Mission for Water

Teams also built, tested, and programed an autonomous robot to solve a series of water-usage-themed missions. Missions include removal of a broken water pipe, movement of sludge, filtering water, and more.

State Championship Tournament

Earlier this month, LEGO® teams progressed on to the Intel Oregon FIRST LEGO® League Championship Tournament. Congratulations to all the students for their innovative designs, and to the tournament champions! We can’t wait to hear what you take on next.

Send us your resume in 10–15 years.