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Portland Water Bureau

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Water Science Through Theater: Free Assembly Programs for 3rd–5th grade students!

Interested in scheduling a show? Click here for details.

Teachers: If you work with 3–5th grade students in the Portland metro area, let us help bring your science curriculum to life this spring!

The Water Bureau offers three FREE and creative school assembly programs designed to teach kids about where their water comes from, how it gets to their homes, and how to use it wisely. Our assembly programs are a great way to compliment your STEM curriculum with high-quality learning.

We are now actively booking shows for WaterThe Musical, a school assembly program specially created for grades 3 through 5.

This 30-minute musical weaves together “stuck-in-your-head” musical numbers with a sprinkling of pop culture references (think Stranger Things and Hamilton), and a solid dose of history and science education.

Plan for Earth Day: April 22, 2019

April is already here! Help build excitement around your Earth Day curriculum by inviting Water—The Musical into your school. The show’s catchy tunes and deep dive into Portland’s drinking water history will help students connect to their local water sources and understand clean water as a vital resource around the world.

Schedule a Show

Contact Amy Gray of Thinking People’s Theatre at amy@thinkingtheatre.com or (503) 236-8888 x111 to reserve your date.

Programs are open to all elementary schools within the Portland Water Bureau service area (preferred audience size of approximately 150–200 students).

We also offer school assembly programs for grades K through 2. These shows are booked for this season but contact our performers to be on our list for next year.

April 4, 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 50-liters sampled daily, between Sunday, March 31 and Wednesday, April 3, two Cryptosporidium oocysts were detected.  One oocyst was detected in a sample collected on Tuesday, April 2 and one oocyst was detected in a sample collected on Wednesday, April 3. Cryptosporidium was last detected from the Bull Run Watershed intake on March 24, when one oocyst was detected from the 50-liters sampled.

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 portlandoregon.gov/water/cryptoresults. 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. 

Slow Down for National Work Zone Awareness Week (And All Year Round)

Construction workers working on downtown Portland streetOur maintenance and construction crews are ready 24/7 to respond to water emergencies all over the metro area.

Workers can be spotted wearing brightly-colored vests and hard hats that alert motorists and bicyclists to use caution when approaching work zones. With warmer weather just a few weeks away, summer construction season is almost here, and you’ll be seeing more orange around town.

This summer, please be on alert when you see fluorescent-clad crews working in the street.

How to Stay Safe When Traveling Through a Work Zone

Protect yourself and our workers by following these safety steps.

  • 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 oncoming 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.

Bull Run Working Group Meeting Scheduled for Monday, April 22, 2019

Bull Run Lake

The public is invited to attend the Portland Water Bureau and Mt. Hood National Forest Bull Run working group meeting on Monday, April 22, 2019. Details are below.

Date: April 22, 2019
Time: 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Location: 400 SW 6th Ave., Bull Run Room, Portland, OR
AgendaAccess the agenda here

About the Working Group Meetings

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.

More Information

For more information about the 20-year stewardship agreement between the Portland Water Bureau and the Mt. Hood National Forest, please visit the Bull Run Watershed Protection and Stewardship page or http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/mthood.

April 12, 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 50-liters sampled daily, between Sunday, April 7 and Wednesday, April 10, three Cryptosporidium oocysts were detected.  One oocyst was detected in a sample collected on Tuesday, April 9 and two oocysts were detected in a sample collected on Wednesday, April 10. Cryptosporidium was last detected from the Bull Run Watershed intake on April 3, when one oocyst was detected from the 50-liters sampled.

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 portlandoregon.gov/water/cryptoresults. 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.