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1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 600, Portland, OR 97204

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Join Our Team: Water Meter Technician I

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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.

Current Opportunity at the Water Bureau

Position   Emp. Type   Salary   Closing Date/Time Join Our Team 
Water Meter Technician I  Full Time  $23.26 - $25.01 Hourly Mon. 6/9/17 4:30 PM Pacific Time Apply Here!

All completed applications for this position must be submitted no later than 4:30 p.m. on the closing date and hour of this recruitment. E-mailed and/or faxed applications will not be accepted.

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

Trivia Tuesday: Water Pressure

Filling drinking glass with tap waterWhich of the following statements about water pressure is false?

  1. Water pressure can fluctuate slightly with the seasons or time of day.
  2. For any given address, water pressure is relatively consistent and minor fluctuations are normal.
  3. Water pressure changes only occur if there is a water main break.

Answer:  C is false.

While a main break can cause low water pressure, there are other reasons why water pressure might change.

For any customer, water pressure is fairly consistent but can vary slightly due to changes in water tank levels or seasonal or daily changes in water use. For example, in residential neighborhoods, daily peak use is before and after normal business hours and seasonal peaks occur during the summer irrigation season. During these peak use periods, customers may experience lower water pressure than at night or in the winter. Pressure will also fluctuate inside a home based on how many faucets or appliances are running at one time.

Troubleshooting Water Pressure & Flow Issues

To learn more about troubleshooting water pressure and flow issues, visit our Troubleshooting Water Pressure & Flow Issues resources page.

For pressure concerns or questions, contact the Water Line at 503-823-7525 or

Join Us for Cycle the Well Field on Saturday, June 3

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Hop on your bike and join us for this year’s 
Cycle the Well Field
A fun, family-friendly event celebrating Portland’s groundwater source

 When: Saturday, June 3, 8:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: 9920 NE Cascades Parkway, in Portland

Cycle the Well FieldThe Portland Water Bureau and the Columbia Slough Watershed Council invite you to Cycle the Well Field, a bicycle tour of Portland’s groundwater drinking water source.

The Ride

Water Bureau staff will reveal the mysteries of groundwater as you ride through the city’s Groundwater Protection Area. You’ll learn about how groundwater gives the city flexibility and reliability in its water supply, and how you can help protect this important resource. All participants are required to wear helmets.

Length and Difficulty

The ride is about 16 miles long over relatively flat terrain. We take a slow to moderate pace, with multiple stops and a lunch break. While the ride is relatively flat, please consider its length, busy intersections, and possible headwinds. Ages 12 and older are welcome.

Sign Me Up!

Pre-registration is required and space is limited. To register, sign up online or get in touch with Karen Carrillo at 503-281-1132 or by e-mail.

Volunteer to Maintain Powell Butte Habitat and Mountain Trails

Powell Butte Nature Park Visitors CenterYou’re invited to join Friends of Powell Butte Nature Park, Portland Parks and Recreation, and Hands On Greater Portland on Saturday, June 10 to help rebuild and restore Powell Butte Nature Park in Outer Southeast Portland.

Projects include trail work, invasive species removal, fence work, and possibly planting and mulching the native plants that call Powell Butte home.

No experience necessary! Wear sturdy shoes (or rubber boots/waders), long pants and shirts, and bring rain gear, a hat, and water bottle. Instruction, tools, gloves, and small treats will be provided.

When: Saturday, June 10
Time: 9 a.m. to Noon
Location: Meet at the SE Ellis Street and SE 145th Avenue. Recommended parking is on SE Ellis Street
RSVP: Interested in helping out? RSVP to Hands On Portland

Can’t make this volunteer event? No worries! Volunteers and community partners meet monthly on the second Saturday of each month (except December) to volunteer at the Powell Butte Nature Park. 

The Portland Utility Board Needs You

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Do you want to have a part in overseeing the important work we do?

The Portland Utility Board (PUB) is made up of citizen volunteers that help guide City Council in the management of the Portland Water Bureau and our “sister” agency, the Bureau of Environmental Services.

And City Council is looking for volunteers to join the Board.

What’s involved in PUB service? So glad you asked!

Meetings & Members

The PUB meets monthly to craft advice for City Council on each bureaus’ financial plans, capital improvement projects, public policies, rates, and more.

The board has 11 voting members and 3 ex-officio members. Members are appointed by the mayor, in consultation with the Commissioner-in-Charge.

Recruitment Details

The PUB is currently recruiting members with the expectation of having appointments made before the beginning of July.

A subcommittee will meet near the end of May to review submissions, interview candidates, and make recommendations to the full board at their June meeting.

How to Apply

You can access an application online here.

Your applications, resume, and any additional information to should be sent to:

Melissa Merrell
Principal Financial Analyst
City Budget Office
1120 SW 5th Avenue, Room 1300
Portland, OR 97204

You can also email your completed application to


For more information about the Portland Utility Board and what it does, visit the Membership Information and Application page. You may also call (503) 823-1310.