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Earth Day Fact #1: A New Energy-Efficient Pump Station in Southwest Portland

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On March 15, the Energy Trust of Oregon (Energy Trust) presented the Portland Water Bureau with a check for nearly half a million dollars in front of City Council – an incentive that will benefit Portland Water Bureau customers.

This incentive was awarded to the Water Bureau’s new energy-efficient Hannah Mason Pump Station, which replaced the old 1912 Fulton Pump Station in Southwest Portland.

The energy-efficient design of this new pump station will cut annual energy costs by nearly $163,000. Plus, Energy Trust enabled the Water Bureau to identify an estimated annual savings of 2.37 million kilowatt hours. The carbon equivalent for these savings is 610 metric tons, or approximately 1.345 million pounds, of CO2 reduction.

Learn more about the new Hannah Mason Pump Station here.

Earth Day Fact #2: Controlling Invasive Species that Threaten Natural Vegetation and Native Species

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The Water Bureau monitors and controls high priority invasive plant species inside the watershed based on how the species could become established in the Bull Run Watershed Management Unit and affect water-supply operations.

One such invasive plant species is reed canary grass, which inhibits egg incubation for western toads and red-legged frogs, that grows along the north bank of the upper end of Reservoir 1.

You can read more about how the Water Bureau manages invasive plants in the Bull Run by reading the Bull Run Watershed Management Unit Annual Report.

Earth Day Fact #3: Bull Run Water Supply Habitat Conservation Plan

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In addition to the conservation work that the Water Bureau is leading to protect coho salmon and steelhead, the Water Bureau played a role in the City of Portland receiving the Salmon-Safe certification in 2016 for its ecologically sustainable land management practices. Portland was the first city worldwide to earn this designation

Portland’s Salmon-Safe certification report outlines a few of the ways that the Water Bureau contributed to the City receiving this award, such as ecosystem protection and restoration projects.

You can read more about Portland’s Salmon-Safe certification on the Salmon-Safe website.

Earth Day Fact #4: 3 Eco-Friendly Ways to Pay Your Water and Sewer Bill

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The Water Bureau has several ways you can pay your bill while saving you time and the cost of coming downtown to pay in person.

Approximately 35,000 customers participate in our paperless and electronic billing services. These customers help save limited resources like paper and ink and reduces money spent on postage. In fact, our paperless and electronic billing services managed to save about 212,100 pieces of paper – or 14 trees – just last year alone.

Other convenient and eco-friendly ways to pay your water and sewer bill includes by phone and by text, which save trees, time and fuel by not having to come downtown to pay.

Learn more about the many ways to pay your bill.

TRAFFIC ADVISORY 04/21/17: Water Main Work Closes One Lane of Northwest Skyline Boulevard at Northwest Greenleaf Road

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PORTLAND, OR — Portland Water Bureau crews will be performing water main work on Northwest Skyline Boulevard at Northwest Greenleaf Road intermittently from April 24 through May 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

One lane will be closed to through traffic and flaggers will direct travelers around the work zone.

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.