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Second Annual City Utility Rate Review: Presentation, Follow-Up

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Second Annual Utility Rate ReviewOn Thursday, March 12, the City of Portland invited members of the community to the second annual City Utility Rate Review meeting. 

The purpose of the meeting was to discuss drinking water and sewer-storm water rates. Mayor Charlie Hales, City Council members, and management staff from both the Portland Water Bureau and the Bureau of Environmental Services were on hand to answer questions and discuss the combined 4.8 percent rate increase proposed by the City’s two utility bureaus.

As a courtesy to our customers, the presentation given during the Utility Rate Review has been uploaded to the Water Bureau’s FY 2015-16 City Utility Rate Review webpage.

Portlanders in attendance were invited to provide feedback and pose questions to the Council. At the conclusion of the meeting, city staff committed to post follow-up answers online by Friday, April 3.

Stay Informed, Get Involved

To learn more about the City's budget process and find opportunities to offer feedback during the budget process, visit the City of Portland City of Budget Office’s website.  

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Lindsay Wochnick
Public Information 

22nd Annual Children’s Clean Water Festival - Teaching the Next Generation

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This past Tuesday, March 10, the Portland Water Bureau participated in an extraordinary event called the Children’s Clean Water Festival

Students from Irvington elementary school get a real hands-on experience dissecting a hatchery salmon with U.S. Fish and Wildlife staff.

The festival is a one-day environmental education event for 4th and 5th grade students from around the Portland Metro area. This year more than 1,500 children from more than 20 different schools attended the event.

Commissioner Nick Fish discusses the importance of Clean Water with students from Oliver Elementary school.

Staff from the Water Bureau are part of the planning committee, serve as class guides, and teach classes on topics such as groundwater, how to build a water main, and water tasting.

This year City Commissioner, Nick Fish was also a participant at the festival.

The Children’s Clean Water Festival is organized and presented by a coalition of government and non-profit partners including:

  • Bureau of Land Management
  • City of Forest Grove
  • City of Hillsboro
  • City of Portland (Water Bureau and the Bureau of Environmental Services)
  • City of Tigard
  • Clackamas River Water Providers
  • Clean Water Services
  • Friends of Outdoor School
  • Oak Lodge Sanitary District
  • Regional Water Providers Consortium
  • Rockwood Water People’s Utility District
  • Tualatin Valley Water District
  • U.S. Geological Survey

Sarah Santner
Water Efficiency

Headworks Operators Recognized with Award from NOAA

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Accepting award 
Water Bureau water treatment operator (right) accepts the prestigious award from Acting Meteorologist-in-Charge Tyree Wilde (left).

On January 15, Portland Water Bureau water treatment operations staff at Headworks were presented with a Length of Service Award from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Weather Service (NWS) for maintaining weather records for the last 125 years.

The award was presented by Tyree Wilde, the Acting Meteorologist-in-Charge of the Portland Weather Forecast Office. 

The Water Bureau is one of the few remaining charter members of the NWS Cooperative Observing Program (Coop), taking daily weather reports from the beginning of the program in 1889. The Coop is a network of more than 9,000 volunteer observers across the United States who provide critical weather information that forms the backbone of this nation’s climate observations.   

Reports consist of precipitation amounts as well as maximum and minimum temperatures for the date.  Long, continuous observation records provide an accurate picture of a locale’s weather patterns and give climatologists and others a basis on which to predict future trends.

Andrew Degner
Water Treatment

Water Bureau Conducts Seasonal Supply Planning, Focusing on Supply Reliability, Water Quality, Cost Management, & System Maintenance

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Bull Run Watershed

The Bull Run water system is designed to capture and store rainfall from the rainy season to provide an adequate water supply during the dry summer months. The city has an additional, high quality water source in the Columbia South Shore Well Field which augments summer supply. This groundwater source is the state's second largest water supply after Bull Run.

The Portland Water Bureau is prepared to manage the water supply to last until the rainy season begins in the fall, even during atypical weather conditions.

Since 1993, the Water Bureau has developed annual contingency plans for summer season supply. Each spring an interdisciplinary team evaluates a range of variables related to water supply and demand. These include available water supplies, weather predictions, past and projected water demand, the impacts of regional conservation programs, public health protection, water quality, and native fish protection to name a few.

Operational strategies based on the plan are continuously updated throughout the summer -- as warranted by weather, water demand, and/or changes in supply availability.

Visit the Water Bureau’s Seasonal Supply Planning webpage to learn more and access additional information, including the 2014 Seasonal Water Supply Augmentation and Contingency Plan, 2014 Summer Supply Updates, and the 2014 Summer Water Supply Season Retrospective.

TRAFFIC ADVISORY 03/19/15: Eastbound Traffic Lane on SE Division between SE 66 & SE 69 Avenues Re-Opens, Work Zone Shifts to Center Lane

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Official Traffic Advisory 

A contractor for the Portland Water Bureau is currently installing large piping connections in the intersection of SE 68th Avenue at SE Division Street. 

Google map of the intersection: 

Previously, the eastbound lane on SE Division Street between SE 66th and SE 69th avenues was diverted into the center lane around the work zone. Beginning on Monday, March 23, the work zone will be shifted to the center lane, re-opening the eastbound lane for traffic.

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, remember 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 spring 2015.

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