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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

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 www.portlandoregon.gov/water/efficiency.

Sarah Murphy Santner
Water Efficiency Coordinator

Join Our Team: Environmental Technician II

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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!


Environmental Technician II 
Closing Date/Time
: Monday, April 20, 2015 4:30 PM Pacific Time
Salary: $26.09 - $33.29 Hourly
Job Type: Full Time
Location: Portland Building, 1120 SW 5th Ave, Oregon 

Environmental Technicians II perform a variety of technical and analytical tasks for environmental, water quality or natural resource science programs. Environmental Technicians II are assigned to programs in both the Water Bureau and Bureau of Environmental Services such as drinking water quality monitoring and compliance, industrial pretreatment and source control, environmental investigations and monitoring, storm water, and watershed and environmental management. Environmental Technicians II work under general supervision and are responsible for planning, coordinating, and conducting water quality sampling, technical investigations and advanced environmental analysis; and coordinating activities and projects as part of large, multiple and/or complex environmental, water quality and natural resources programs. Technicians may also initiate, respond to and/or monitor regulatory compliance at the City, State and Federal levels. Although the current vacancy is in the Bureau of Environmental Services, the Water Bureau may also use this recruitment to fill their future vacancies.

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

‘Cozy Up’ to a Pot of Tea in Honor of the Benson Bubblers

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For the past six years, the City of Portland has played host to the Rose City Yarn Crawl, inviting local knitters, crocheters, spinners, and felters to explore the many yarn shops in and around Portland. 

During the crawl, each yarn shop offers featured patterns. This year, shops designed patterns highlighting some of the Portland area’s memorable landmarks and destinations.

One of the patterns introduced during the yarn crawl was a crocheted “Benson Bubbler Teapot Cozy” by Tinaka Schwendiman. This imaginative pattern includes a fountain body, bowls, water, and spouts, and is 20” in circumference at its widest point and 5” tall.

All patterns presented at this year’s crawl, including the “Benson Bubbler Teapot Cozy,” are available for download individually or as part of the 2015 eBook, “Postcards from Portland.”

Bull Run Working Group Meeting Scheduled

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The public is invited to attend the Portland Water Bureau and Mt. Hood National Forest Bull Run working group meeting on Wednesday April 22, 2015, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM in the in the Bull Run conference room on the 5th floor of the Portland Building at 1120 SW 5th Avenue in Portland.

Under the terms of a 20-year agreement between the Portland Water Bureau and the Mt.HoodNational Forest, staff engaged in the management of the Bull Run watershed, Portland’s primary drinking water source, will meet semi-annually each year. The purpose of these meetings is to review work plans, budgets and staff assignments; and communicate accomplishments and issues addressed during the course of management activities. An annual report is presented at the spring meetings.

For more information about the 20-year stewardship agreement between the Portland Water Bureau and the Mt. Hood National Forest, please go to the Bull Run Watershed website or  www.fs.fed.us/r6/mthood