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Portland Water Bureau Offers Lead Hazard Reduction Grants to Community Organizations

Portland-based agencies and non-profits that are experienced in lead education are encouraged to apply for a Portland Water Bureau Lead Hazard Reduction Program (LHRP) grant.

The LHRP provides education, outreach, testing, and remediation to those at high risk for lead exposure. The program doesn’t just focus on hazards from lead-in-water but all hazards posed by lead. In Portland, the most common source of lead exposure is from lead-based paint. The program targets those most at risk for lead poisoning—children under six and pregnant people—by providing resources for lead hazard reduction in homes, free blood lead testing, and lead hazard community education and outreach..

The LHRP was developed in coordination with state and local public health agencies to comply with the federal Lead and Copper Rule.

Who can apply?

Community organizations and governmental agencies that conduct lead hazard reduction education and outreach services in the Portland area are encouraged to apply for a 2019-2020 Lead Hazard Reduction Program grant.

Apply for a Lead Hazard Reduction Grant

If your organization has identified a need for lead hazard reduction in your community and has ideas for addressing that need, please consider submitting an application.

The application is available online.

Applications are due to the Lead Hazard Reduction Program by 5 p.m., Friday, March 29, 2019.

Questions? Contact the Lead Hazard Reduction Program:503-823-1547.

March 7, 2019: Cryptosporidium Monitoring Update

The Portland Water Bureau received results from ongoing monitoring from the Bull Run Watershed intake for Cryptosporidium, a potentially disease-causing microorganism. In the six 50-liter samples collected between Tuesday, Feb. 26 and Wednesday, March 6, three Cryptosporidium oocysts were detected. One oocyst was detected in a sample collected on Wednesday, Feb. 27 and two oocysts were detected in a sample collected on Monday, March 4. Cryptosporidium was not detected in the samples collected on Feb. 26, March 3, March 5 or March 6. Prior to these detections, Cryptosporidium was last detected from the Bull Run Watershed intake on Feb. 25.

The Bull Run watershed is Portland’s primary source of drinking water. The Portland Water Bureau does not currently treat for Cryptosporidium, but is required to do so under drinking water regulations. Portland is working to install filtration by September 2027 under a compliance schedule with Oregon Health Authority. In the meantime, Portland Water Bureau is implementing interim measures such as watershed protection and additional monitoring to protect public health. Consultation with public health officials has concluded that at this time, customers do not need to take any additional precautions.

About Cryptosporidium

Exposure to Cryptosporidium can cause cryptosporidiosis, a serious illness. Symptoms can include diarrhea, vomiting, fever and stomach pain. People with healthy immune systems recover without medical treatment. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people with severely weakened immune systems are at risk for more serious disease. Symptoms may be more severe and could lead to serious or life-threatening illness. Examples of people with weakened immune systems include those with AIDS; those with inherited diseases that affect the immune system; and cancer and transplant patients who are taking certain immunosuppressive drugs.

The Environmental Protection Agency has estimated that a small percentage of the population could experience gastro-intestinal illness from Cryptosporidium and advises that customers who are immunocompromised and receive their drinking water from the Bull Run Watershed consult with their healthcare professional about the safety of drinking the tap water. The Portland Water Bureau and Burlington, City of Gresham, City of Sandy, City of Tualatin, Green Valley, GNR, Hideaway Hills, Lake Grove, Lorna Portland Water, Lusted, Palatine Hill, Pleasant Home, Raleigh, Rockwood, Skyview Acres, Tualatin Valley, Two Rivers, Valley View and West Slope Water Districts receive all or part of their drinking water supply from the Bull Run. To learn if your drinking water comes from Bull Run, please contact your local drinking water provider.

More Information

The public and the media are encouraged to view all sampling results posted to the City’s website at The bureau will notify the media and public immediately should further test results indicate a risk to public health and precautions are necessary.

Customers with questions regarding water quality can call the Water Line at 503-823-7525.

Expect Delays Along SW Broadway Drive Monday, March 11

Expect delays as a crane will be delivered to Council Crest Park on a flatbed truck. The crane will be used in the roof replacement of the Council Crest Water Tank.

  • From 5 to 7 a.m. Monday, March 11
  • Southwest Broadway Drive, from I-405 to Southwest Greenway Avenue
  • and on Southwest Greenway Avenue from Southwest Broadway Drive to Council Crest Park

This project will upgrade the seismic resilience of the water tank and perform necessary maintenance to ensure safe and reliable water in the future.

For more information, visit

Portland Water Bureau Recognized for Salmon Habitat Restoration Work

Oxbow Park logjam from the air

The Portland Water Bureau’s work to improve salmon habitat in the Sandy River Basin—home of the Bull Run Watershed—with partner organizations was recognized on Jan. 16, 2019, by the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Oregon.

ACEC awarded the Sandy River Engineered Log Jams Project team with a 2019 Small Project Award for creating a design that “found a balance among needs of threatened fish species, desires of recreation enthusiasts and requirements for the municipal water supply for the people of Portland.”

Restoring Habitat and Natural Flow

The project, with elements constructed at Oxbow Regional Park and Dabney State Recreation Area, improved habitat for Chinook and Coho salmon and steelhead. The project was constructed during the summers of 2017 and 2018.

At Oxbow, more than 2,000 feet of historic side channel habitat were reopened to annual winter water flow. Two massive engineered log jams were built to provide cover for fish while helping to maintain flow to the new side channel. The engineered log jams were built to resemble the natural log jams loved by fish and were designed to withstand floods at least as big as those witnessed in 1964 or 1996.

At Dabney, a floodplain stream was restored to its original course. The stream had been blocked by a landslide, degrading or eliminating a half mile of habitat.

In both locations, additional pieces of large wood were placed along the river banks to give fish places to hide from predators and swift currents.

Providing Water and Protecting Natural Resources

The Sandy River Log Jams Project is one of a suite of Portland Water Bureau projects collectively called the Bull Run Water Supply Habitat Conservation Plan, the HCP. The HCP brings our activities in the Bull Run Watershed into compliance with the Endangered Species and Clean Water acts and offsets impacts to wildlife caused by water supply infrastructure and operations.

The HCP is part of a broader coordinated effort by a diverse variety of regional partners in the Sandy River Basin, including government agencies and non-profit groups, to protect natural resources and provide good stewardship of a resource of considerable ecological, economic, and aesthetic value.

The Payoff

Ecological restoration takes time. We are still early in the process but are already starting to see improvements such as increases in the type of river gravel salmon use for spawning and new accumulation of the small woody debris that fish can use for cover. We are even seeing young salmon moving in to use the new habitat. While winning recognition from engineers across the state is appreciated, the real reward will be seeing fish habitat and salmon and steelhead populations in the Sandy River continue to improve.

Join Our Team: Employment Opportunities at the Portland Water Bureau

Portland Water Bureau logoIf 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 Opportunities at the Water Bureau

Position   Employment Type   Salary   Closing Date/Time Join Our Team 
Administrative Specialist II (Contracts) Full Time $4,023.00–$7,460.00 Monthly Tues.4/8/2019 11:59 PM Pacific Apply here!
Water Treatment Operator II Full Time $29.26–$37.81 Hourly Mon. 4/8/2019 11:59 PM Pacific Apply here!

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For more information regarding career opportunities at the Water Bureau, contact (503) 823-3515 or e-mail.