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MEDIA ADVISORY 10/01/15: Portland Water Bureau Increases Groundwater Blend

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Beginning today, October 1, the Portland Water Bureau will increase the blend of groundwater from the Columbia South Shore Well Field to approximately 60 percent.

Drinking water from the Bull Run watershed and the well field will continue to meet all of Portland’s water needs. Portland is not experiencing a water supply shortage. The bureau expects to return to 100 percent Bull Run water after the fall rains begin filling up the Bull Run reservoirs.

Public notification is not required, but the Portland Water Bureau informs the media and sensitive water users, as a practice, when it activates groundwater and when it has significant operational changes. The media and sensitive water users will again be notified when the Portland Water Bureau returns to 100 percent Bull Run water.

Due to a dry spring, above average summer temperatures, and available long-term weather forecasts, the Portland Water Bureau has been using the Columbia South Shore Well Field since July 16 to supplement the Bull Run water supply.

The Columbia South Shore Well Field is a high-quality water supply that meets or surpasses all federal and state drinking water regulations.

“Our job is to deliver high-quality, safe and reliable drinking water to almost one million customers. At the end of an unusually dry spring and summer, we are fortunate to have two water sources that can continue to supply water to all of our customers,” said Portland Water Bureau Director Michael Stuhr.

As part of our ongoing supply planning, the Portland Water Bureau carefully monitors water levels, weather forecasts, and water use patterns to manage our water supply throughout the remainder of the dry season.

Weekly supply updates will be posted to For more information about Portland’s drinking water quality, call the Water Line at 503-823-7525.

TRAFFIC ADVISORY 10/02/15: Two-Month Water Main Improvement Project on SE Flavel Street Begins October 5; Traffic Impacts Expected

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During the week of October 5, 2015, a contractor overseen by the Portland Water Bureau will begin a two-month water main improvement project to replace aging infrastructure, increase fire flow capacity, and continue to ensure adequate and reliable water delivery to the Pleasant Valley neighborhood and surrounding community.

Water Main Improvement Project

Approximately 900-feet of 4-inch cast iron water main located under SE Flavel Street from SE Henderson Drive to SE 122nd Avenue will be replaced with approximately 400-feet of 12-inch ductile iron main and 500-feet of 8-inch ductile iron main. Additional water services will be installed and several new hydrants will be connected.

Crews are scheduled to work onsite Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Until the end of November 2015, motorists and bicyclists traveling east and west bound on SE Flavel Street from SE Henderson Drive to SE 122nd Avenue will experience traffic impacts, including lane detours, shifts, and traffic delays. Travelers are urged to use alternate routes and are reminded to drive slowly, exercise caution, and follow the direction of flaggers when traveling in and around the construction area.

As alternative routes of travel, utilize SE Foster Road and SE Mt. Scott Boulevard to SE Ridgecrest Road.  

For additional information on the project, visit

Lindsay Wochnick
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Join Our Team: Civil Engineering Associate

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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.

Opportunity at the Water Bureau

Position   Emp. Type   Salary   Closing Date
 Civil Engineering Associate Full Time  $30.23 - $40.50 Hourly  10/23/2015

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For more information on jobs at the Water Bureau, contact the Water Administrative Manager at 503-823-1956 or by e-mail

Electricians Assess Control Panels for Compliance, Performance

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Water Bureau electrician checks replacement motor starters for the sump pump controls in an underground vault in SE Portland.Portland Water Bureau electricians conducted an operational and acceptance assessment of newly installed sump pump control panels that became damaged during construction, located within three new vaults installed as part of the Powell Butte Reservoir 2 project.

Using special fall protection personal protective equipment, fresh air monitors, and traffic zone safety measures, electricians worked alongside Water Bureau project managers, inspectors, and the construction manager to confirm integrity of the panels in the vaults.

Assessments such as these are an additional way for the Water Bureau to ensure on-site performance of installed equipment is in compliance and will perform effectively, reliably, and efficiently.

Photo: A Water Bureau electrician checks replacement motor starters for the sump pump controls in an underground vault in SE Portland.

Low-Income Discount Report Available for Review

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On October 5, a work group composed of community members and staff of the Water Bureau and Bureau of Environmental Services submitted their recommendations for expanding city utility discounts in Portland to Commissioner-In-Charge Nick Fish.

The report now goes to the newly-formed Portland Utility Board for their review.

Click here to view the report and appendices.