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Job Seekers, More than 40 Employers to Attend Urban League of Portland’s Career Fair on April 5

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Job seekers and career changers are invited to the Urban League of Portland’s Annual Career Connections Job Fair on Tuesday, April 5, 2016, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Doubletree Hotel  at 1000 NE Multnomah St, Portland, 97232.

The Portland Water Bureau is just one of more than 40 employers scheduled to attend the yearly fair to recruit for qualified candidates.

Other employers include: 

  • Bonneville Power Administration
  • Bureau of Labor and Industry
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Cambia Health Solutions
  • Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare
  • Central City Concern
  • Charter Communications
  • City of Beaverton
  • City of Gresham
  • Clark College
  • Clark County
  • Comcast
  • Country Financial
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • iHeartMEDIA
  • Kaiser Permanente NW
  • Lane County Government
  • Legacy Health
  • Lewis & Clark College
  • Metro
  • Multnomah County
  • NW Natural
  • Oregon Department of Energy
  • Oregon Department of Transportation
  • Oregon Health Science University
  • Oregon State Lottery
  • Oregon Youth Authority
  • Port of Portland
  • Portland Community College
  • Portland General Electric
  • Portland Public Schools
  • Portland Trail Blazers at the Rose Quarter
  • Providence Health & Services
  • Reed College
  • State of Oregon – Department of Consumer and Business Services
  • Travelers Insurance
  • TriMet
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • US Bank
  • US Forest Service
  • Vigor Industrial
  • Warn Industries
  • Washington County
  • Xerox

Job seekers can meet face to face with recruiters who are seeking qualified candidates for positions from entry-level to professional, from management to executive, ranging from construction and retail to government and corporate opportunities.

Join Our Team!
To learn more about career opportunities at the Water Bureau, job seekers are encouraged to visit our Work at Water webpage and stop by our booth at the upcoming career fair.

Reminder: Yearly Testing for Single-Family Home Backflow Assemblies Starts Now!

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Does your home have a lawn and garden irrigation system? How about a radiant heating system or boiler? These systems are required to have a backflow assembly to prevent contamination of the drinking water system. The backflow assembly is located between your house and the drinking water supply. They allow water to enter your irrigation system or home while at the same time preventing water that is in your system from flowing back into the drinking water supply. Once a year homeowners are required to test the backflow assemblies connected to their system. Backflow assemblies are essential in keeping you, your family, and Portland’s drinking water safe.

Why do I have to test my backflow assembly every year?
Testing is required every year by the State of Oregon Health Authority to ensure that your assembly is functioning properly. Every year in April and May, the Portland Water Bureau sends reminder letters to single-family homes to test their backflow assemblies. The perfect time to test is between April and June since this is after freezing weather has passed, which can damage your backflow assembly, and before the heavy watering season begins.

Who can test my backflow assembly?
Homeowners need to hire a private company to test their backflow assembly. The Oregon Health Authority provides a list of state certified backflow assembly testers on their website. Some of these companies specialize in specifically testing backflow assemblies, and some are landscape companies that provide that service. Either type of company can perform the testing you need. The market is fairly competitive, so homeowners can expect to pay between $35 and $45 per test.

What happens during a test?
The tester will test your assemblies and record the assembly serial number and test results. Your tester may or may not use stickers that the Portland Water Bureau provides as a courtesy with your reminder letter. If they don’t use them, your test is still valid, and you may just discard the stickers. When finished, the tester will then give you a copy of the report, keep a copy for themselves, and send a copy to the Portland Water Bureau. When the Portland Water Bureau Backflow Records department receives the test report, your account is updated with the results and is marked as up-to-date.

Annual testing is necessary to let the State and Portland Water Bureau know that your backflow assembly is in compliance every year, and assures you that you are keeping your family’s drinking water safe.

Questions about your backflow assembly or backflow assembly testing?
Contact Portland Water Bureau Backflow Records at 503-823-3256.

Lead Hazard Reduction Grant Opportunity for Community Organizations in Portland

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Community organizations and governmental agencies that conduct lead hazard reduction education and outreach services in the Portland-area are encouraged to apply for a 2016-17 Portland Water Bureau Lead Hazard Reduction Program grant. 

Exposure to lead is a major hazard to infants, young children, and pregnant women. Scientists have linked the effects of lead on the brain with lowered IQ in children, and even low levels of lead can cause permanent brain and kidney damage.

The bad news is that lead poisoning can and does happen in the Portland-area. In a study of older homes in North, Northeast and Southeast Portland, 71 percent had composite lead dust levels that exceed federal standards.

The good news is that exposure to lead is entirely preventable.   

In Portland, the most common source of lead exposure is from lead-based paint. The Water Bureau’s unique and award-winning Lead Hazard Reduction Program, developed in coordination with state and local public health agencies to comply with the federal Lead and Copper Rule, focuses on all hazards posed by lead, while targeting those most at-risk. The program currently provides resources for hazard reduction in homes, free blood lead testing, and community education and outreach regarding lead hazards.

Submit an Application
If your organization has identified a need for lead hazard reduction in your community and have ideas for addressing that need, please consider submitting an application. Applications are due to the Lead Hazard Reduction Program by Friday, April 29, 2016, 5:00 p.m.  If you have any questions please contact the Lead Hazard Reduction Program at 503-823-1547.

The application is available online

Questions, Additional Information
For more information about the Lead Hazard Reduction Program, please visit the Water Bureau’s Reducing Lead Exposure page.

Portland Water Bureau and Mt. Hood National Forest 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 27, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. 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 Mt. Hood National 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 Protection and Stewardship | The City of Portland, Oregon or

Show Your Support for National Work Zone Awareness Week

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With dry summer weather just ahead, travelers in Portland will likely see more construction work that impacts city streets. A lot of this work is to upgrade water mains and sewer pipes and repair road pavement. With this necessary work comes an increase in traffic delays. 

National studies indicate that driver distraction is the biggest factor in work zone collisions along with excessive vehicle speed.  And 40 percent of work zone collisions occur in the transition area just prior to the work zone.

The Portland Water Bureau recommends the following safety tips for motorists and bicyclists to keep in mind when observing bright orange signs, cones, barricades, utility workers, and traffic flaggers: 

  • Use an alternate route. When you can, avoid streets with posted work zones.
  • Expect delays.  Plan to leave early so you can drive safely through the work zone and avoid having to rush.
  • Be alert. Pay attention to the driving task and watch the cars ahead of you.
  • Obey all speed and warning signs. They are there for your safety and will help prevent a collision.  
  • Do not tailgate.  Double the following distance.
  • Carefully move over.  When possible give workers more room between them and your vehicle, but do not veer into on-coming traffic lane.
  • Watch for vehicle access. Be aware that temporary construction may impact either side of the road, or adjacent streets.
  • Stay clear of construction vehicles.  Heavy vehicles travel in and out of the work areas and can make sudden moves. 

Please help keep you, other drivers, and our workers protected by slowing down for work zone safety.