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Water Bureau Begins Month-Long Project to Install Drains in Electrical Vaults at Powell Butte Nature Park

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Starting the week of Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, the Portland Water Bureau will begin installing new drains in 14 electrical vaults located in the Powell Butte Nature Park.

Electrical vaultThe project is scheduled for completion by early March 2016, weather permitting.

The electrical vaults are located underground in the park and house utility equipment, including conduits and wires. Drains will be situated in the bottom of each vault to remove water that accumulates. This improvement will provide the vaults a more effective drainage system. 

Quick Facts

  • Powell Butte Nature Park will remain open during the project.
  • Work won’t affect the Park’s main parking lot, trails, Visitor’s Center, or bathrooms.
  • Crews are approved to work Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., and some weekends if needed.
  • Park users may notice increased noise levels due to equipment use.
  • Park users are encouraged to use caution around areas of work.

For additional information or questions regarding the project, contact Lindsay Wochnick, Water Bureau Public Information, at 503-823-3028 or by e-mail.

Join Our Team: Administrative Assistant

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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.

Current Opportunity at the Water Bureau

Position Emp. Type Salary Closing Date/Time Join Our Team 
**Administrative Assistant  Full Time $4,106.00 - $6,324.00 Monthly Fri. 02/19/16 4:30 PM Pacific Time Apply

**This recruitment will remain open until 150 applications have been received or until the posted closing date, February 19, 2016, whichever comes first. Applications received after the 150 application limit has been reached will not be included in this recruitment process.

Learn More about the Water Bureau

For more information regarding career opportunities at the Water Bureau, contact the Water Administrative Manager at 503-823-1956 or by e-mail

SE Lincoln Drive in Mt. Tabor Park closed to through traffic until April

A section of SE Lincoln Drive in Mt. Tabor Park will be closed to all foot, bike and motor vehicle traffic during the hours of 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday beginning Tuesday February 9 to the first week of April. Pedestrians and bikes can still access trails above the closure area.

The Portland Water Bureau’s contractor, JW Fowler, will be installing a 48-inch pipe from the intersection of SE Lincoln Drive, SE Tabor Drive and SE Harrison Street down to the SE Lincoln Street entrance to the park.

Parking will be available on SE Lincoln Drive up to the southwest entrance to the Off-Leash Dog Park. Park users will still be able to access the park using SE Harrison Street to SE Tabor Drive. The Off-Leash Dog Park will remain open.

Remember to drive slowly, exercise caution when traveling in the construction zone, and obey traffic controllers. For more information, go to the project webpage.

Closure map

Safety Reminder: Warn Against Imposters

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The Portland Water Bureau reminds customers that although Water Bureau employees may knock on your door to ask a few water-related questions or provide information, they will never ask to enter your home without a previous appointment.

The public is reminded of the following safety tips in situations like this: 

  • Do not open the door to someone you don't know.
  • Ask for proper official identification.
  • Look for a city utility vehicle.
  • Call the police if you feel suspicious about someone at your door.
  • Share information about suspicious people with your neighbors.
  • Ask for the person's purpose for being there.
  • Do not allow anyone unknown to enter your home without a bona fide prior appointment.

Water Bureau employees always drive "E-plate" vehicles with logos and carry identification badges.

If someone knocks on your door claiming to be from the Portland Water Bureau, ask to see an identification badge and/or call and check with the Water Bureau at 503-823-4874.

A true employee will encourage, not resist, efforts made by a customer to confirm that they are legitimate.

TRAFFIC ADVISORY 02/10/16: Water Main Work to Affect Traffic on Southeast 45th Avenue and Hawthorne Boulevard Intersection

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Portland Water Bureau crews are working on a water main at the intersection of Southeast 45th Avenue and Hawthorne Boulevard. The work will take place from approximately 8 p.m. until midnight Wednesday, Feb. 10 and from approximately 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 11.

The public may travel both east and west on Hawthorne during construction on Wednesday but the eastbound lane will transition into the center lane to redirect traffic around the work zone. Crews will close Southeast 45th Avenue between Hawthorne Boulevard and Madison Street on Thursday with a detour set up around the work zone.

Approximately 11 households and four businesses may be out of water service for four to six hours. Those affected homes and businesses have been notified.

Crews will return to the site on a future date to complete paving, which is dependent on weather.

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 work site.