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Portland Water Bureau

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How Different Would Your Day Be Without Water?

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National Preparedness Month ended on Saturday, Sept. 30th. But that doesn’t mean having water—during an emergency or not—is any less important now that September is over.

Think about it: How different would your day be without water?

Maybe your bedhead look is back in fashion, but most of us crave that morning shower. At the least you’d want to be able to flush your toilet and brush your teeth. For those of us who need a cup of coffee to face our mornings, we’d be stopped in our tracks.

Today, we’re asking you to imaging your day without access to our region—and our world’s—most precious resource: water.

A day without water can be scary to imagine but it doesn’t have to become a reality if we prepare together.

Learn more about safely storing water for an emergency so you can imagine a day without water without it ever becoming a reality.

Join Our Team: Communications and Project Support Intern and Senior Engineer

Join the Portland Water Bureau teamIf 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 Opportunities at the Water Bureau

 

Position   Emp. Type   Salary   Closing Date/Time Join Our Team 
Communications and Project Support Intern 15 hours a week for 12 months from start date $18.00 Hourly Mon. 10/30/17 4:00 PM Pacific Time  Apply Here!
Senior Engineer Full Time $7,633.00 - $10,174.00 Monthly Mon. 10/30/17 11:59 PM Pacific Time Apply Here!

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Questions?

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

Month in Review: National Preparedness Month

Are you prepared for a disaster?How prepared are you for a disaster or emergency?

September was National Preparedness Month and everyone from the Department of Homeland Security to Sesame Street was sharing reminders about the importance of planning and preparing for emergencies.

Get Your Kit Together with Water Storage

One very important way to prepare for emergencies is to keep enough clean water on hand in case our water system is damaged. What happens if water lines are damaged and you can’t just turn on the tap? How much water do you need to survive a local disaster or emergency? How can you ensure a supply of safe water for your family?

It’s recommended that you keep one gallon per person per day on hand in case of an emergency.

See how your neighbors prepare by storing water. In an emergency, everyone has a role to play.

What’s your role?

More Preparedness Information

Find more videos to see how Portlanders are preparing by visiting https://www.portlandoregon.gov/water/prepare.

Join Our Team: Utility Locator

We're HiringIf 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 
Utility Locator  Full Time $25.56 - $27.50 Hourly Tues. 10/10/17 4:30 PM Pacific Time  Apply Here!

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Questions?

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

Cryptosporidium Detected in Bull Run Drinking Water

The Portland Water Bureau received results today from a sample collected on Sept. 27 that was positive for Cryptosporidium, a potentially disease-causing microorganism. The detection was from a sample collected from the Bull Run Watershed intake as part of ongoing monitoring for Cryptosporidium. One Cryptosporidium oocyst was detected in the 10-liter sample. This detection follows a detection of a single oocyst from a 10-liter sample collected on Sunday, Sept 24. Eighteen other 10-liter samples collected between Sept 24 and Sept. 27 were all negative for Cryptosporidium

 “Even from a highly protected watershed such as the Bull Run, it is not unusual to detect low levels of Cryptosporidium from wildlife sources. We continuously monitor the rate of human illness caused by Cryptosporidium and will know if there is an increase” said Multnomah County Health Officer Dr. Paul Lewis. “Fortunately, there has never been a documented outbreak of Cryptosporidium linked to Bull Run water.”

Cryptosporidium detections at these low levels are not expected to result in an impact to public health. Public health surveillance during and after a series of low-level detections from January through March of this year did not see an increase in Cryptosporidium related disease. While the general public is not being advised to take additional precautions, as always, the bureau recommends that people with severely weakened immune systems seek specific advice from their health care providers about drinking water.

“Together with our public health partners at Multnomah County, we continue to believe Bull Run water is safe to drink,” said Portland Water Bureau Administrator Michael Stuhr. “We will continue monitoring our water and working with our health partners to make the best decisions for public health in our community.”

Portland Water Bureau has been monitoring for Cryptosporidium under conditions of a variance for the treatment of Cryptosporidium issued by its regulators at the Oregon Health Authority. As a result of the detections earlier this year, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) informed the Portland Water Bureau that the variance would be revoked no later than Nov. 22, 2017. On Aug. 2, City Council directed the bureau to construct a water filtration plant to meet the treatment requirements. The Portland Water Bureau will submit a schedule for construction of a filtration plant and ongoing measures to continue to protect public health to OHA by Oct. 11.

The bureau will continue to sample the Bull Run for Cryptosporidium; gather information about these detections; and notify the public, its regulators and health officials of any additional detections.

The public and the media are encouraged to view all sampling results posted to the City’s website at www.portlandoregon.gov/water/cryptoresults.

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