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WANTED: Leak Detectives for Fix a Leak Week

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Today marks the start of Fix A Leak Week, a national awareness week organized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to encourage people to find and fix water leaks. 

Be a Leak Detective!  
All you need is a Portland Water Bureau Home Water Audit Kit and 15 minutes. A Home Water Use Audit will help you understand where you can start saving the most water inside your home. This process is simple and may take up to an hour to complete. It will help you locate leaks, prioritize fixing them, and help you start saving money and water.

The Water Bureau offers free Home Water Audit Kits to its customers. This kit includes a bag to measure shower and faucet flow rate, toilet  leak detection tablets, a drip gauge to measure leak rate and instructions for use.

To request a Home Water Audit Kit or other free water conservation devices, please contact us at 503-823-4527 or e-mail us at conserve@portlandoregon.gov.

Fix that Leak
Identifying and fixing leaks can be done by the whole family.  Check out these games and activities for kids.

 

Go Green & Save Water This Week!

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Each St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago, IL there is a tradition of dyeing the Chicago River green. In Washington DC, the White House fountain also sports a vibrant leprechaun color in celebration. Here in Portland, you don’t have to be Irish to go green and save water this week! It is fix a leek week. Keep your home leak-free by repairing dripping faucets, toilet flappers, and showerheads.

Save that pot of gold this “Fix a Leak Week”! In most cases, fixing leaks and upgrading fixtures doesn’t require a major investment. As a Portland Water Bureau customer, FREE water conservation kits including new showerheads and faucet heads are available to you. How’s that for good luck?  And if a new fixture head doesn’t solve the issue, many repairs you can do on your own.

Remember these simple steps: check, twist, and replace. Check for leaks in your bathroom using this easy how-to video.  Then twist and tighten plumbing connections to stop drips. And don’t forget to replace old fixtures with WaterSense models to save water and money. 

You can also use your water meter to check for leaks by noting the reading before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter changes at all, you probably have a leak. If you think you have a leak, don’t despair! There are lots of resources available to help you isolate and fix leaks around your home. Here’s one of our favorites, a video on fixing common toilet leaks. Good luck; you can do it!

TRAFFIC ADVISORY 03/17/16: Paving to be Performed on SE 82nd Avenue between SE Morrison and SE Yamhill streets - Expect Delays

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The Portland Water Bureau will be paving in SE 82nd Avenue between SE Morrison to SE Yamhill on Friday, March 18, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. and Tuesday, March 22 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.  Traffic controls and flaggers will be in place directing vehicles through the construction site.

The traveling public is reminded to stay alert and use caution as traffic may suddenly slow or stop. To avoid traffic delays, motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes around the project worksite.

It's a Woman's World

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The Portland Water Bureau is celebrating Women’s History Month by recognizing the women on our staff who have made a mark on their chosen profession through hard work and talent. We share with you a series of stories about women in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) field who embody that achievement. We tip our hat to your achievements, and to all of the dedicated women who work to provide Portland with clean, safe and high-quality drinking water.

Kimberly Gupta
Senior Engineer, Portland Water Bureau

What is your role at the Water Bureau?
As a senior engineer, I lead the Water Quality Monitoring and Optimization Section in the Water Quality Group (Operations Division). My group's mission is to monitor and improve water quality throughout the distribution system.

How long have you worked in this field?
I have been in the drinking water industry for over 13 years.  After receiving my Master's in Civil Engineering, I worked at the East Bay Municipal Utility District, a large drinking water utility in California, for approximately 8 years.  I left EBMUD to come work for the Portland Water Bureau, where I have been for the past 5.5 years.

Who has been your greatest professional inspiration?
My parents. They instilled in me at a very young age a belief that I could do anything I put my mind to, and that even though I was a girl, I could love math and science. In terms of what initially inspired me to go into water, I remember right after the Exxon Valdez spill in 1989 thinking to myself that I wanted to clean up water when I grew up. That or be an astronaut. I ended up being afraid of heights so water it was!

What advice would you offer to someone starting out in your field?
Be respectful of others regardless of their position, and always be open to learning.

What does it mean to you to be a woman in your field?
When I was hired at my first job, I was one of two engineers who were women in our division (out of a group of about 30).  Later, when I was working on water projects in developing countries, the locals were always shocked that a woman (me) was leading a team of engineers.  These experiences just made me want to work harder to be seen as a great engineer, not just a great woman engineer.  My work is very important to me, so it means a great deal to me personally to be a woman in what was traditionally a male dominated field.       

What else do you want to share about yourself and your work?
I think that everyone should have access to clean drinking water, so over the years I have devoted quite a bit of my free time to water related projects. I volunteered for over 5 years with Engineers Without Borders, where I led teams that designed and built water supply, treatment, and distribution system projects in India and Fiji. Currently, I am the Vice-Chair of the National Inorganics Research Committee, and our work is devoted to education and furthering research in regards to inorganic compounds, such as metals, in drinking water. I am also quite passionate about voter education and issues related to women's rights, and I served on the Board of the League of Women Voters in San Francisco for over two years working on these specific issues. In my down time, I enjoy traveling and spending time with my family and two raucous dogs.

It's World Water Day - Let's Celebrate!

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World Water Day is observed on March 22 across the world to bring attention to the importance of clean water and a healthy environment.

This international observance is an opportunity to learn more about water related issues, be inspired to tell others and take action to make a difference. World Water Day dates back to the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development.

This year's theme, "Water and Jobs," highlights the power that water and jobs have to transform people’s lives.

World Water Days falls within Woman’s History Month. At the Portland Water Bureau, we are observing by sharing the stories of women of the Portland Water Bureau who have dedicated their careers to the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) fields.

Please check back to the Water Blog all week to learn more about some of the talented and hard-working women who work to provide Portland with clean, safe and high-quality drinking water.

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