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Reflecting A Commitment to Stewardship in Managing Public Resources, Water Bureau to sell select properties not in use

Six properties that were previously acquired and not in use by the Portland Water Bureau are expected to go on sale this spring, pending Portland City Council approval.

The sale of these properties will follow the City of Portland Surplus Property policy, putting in motion a thorough process that guides surplus property disposal notifications. The process was improved several years ago to focus on providing greater opportunities for community involvement, increased transparency for both the buyers and sellers of the property, and an increased level of public communication and notification so that interested buyers have opportunities to participate.

“This policy works well for all Portlanders and reflects our commitment to managing public resources wisely. It shows how we’re working with both the community and our partner bureaus to further the values of good government while finding opportunities for efficiency,” said Property Acquisition and Services Manager, Tom Klutz.

The six properties, all of which were recently declared surplus, will be voted on by Portland City Council this week and will continue through the public process. All of the bureau’s surplus properties are detailed on the Portland Water Bureau’s Surplus Property website as well as the OMF website. Each property has a dedicated page that includes photos, site details, reason for disposal, square footage, zoning, conditions of sale, and information on the surplus property’s stage of disposal.

As a matter of process, surplus land is first offered to other bureaus and government entities to determine if there is a public need for it with our government partners. If through that process, there is not a need for the property, the next step seeks public comment and notifies neighbors, neighborhood associations and others that the land may be sold. Once completed, the next step is to post a sign on each property to provide a 60-day notice to the public of the Portland Water Bureau’s intent to sell the property. Finally, the policy calls for presenting the property to City Council for approval to sell, along with any public comments they may have received.

Please direct inquiries about surplus properties to Property Acquisition and Services Manager, Tom Klutz at 503-823-7503 or by e-mail.

Jan. 31, 2020: Cryptosporidium Monitoring Update

Detections from routine monitoring in the Bull Run. Customers do not need to take any additional precautions at this time.

Since 2017, the Portland Water Bureau has detected low levels of Cryptosporidium from routine monitoring. Monitoring results were received from the Bull Run Watershed intake for Cryptosporidium, a potentially disease-causing microorganism. In the 50-liters sampled daily, between Sunday, Jan. 26 and Wednesday, Jan. 29, one Cryptosporidium oocyst was detected in the samples collected on Jan. 28 and Jan. 29. Cryptosporidium was not detected in the samples collected on Jan. 26 or Jan. 27. Prior to these detections, Cryptosporidium was last detected from the Bull Run Watershed intake on Jan. 22, 2020.

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 (EPA) 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 Domestic 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.

Roselawn Bundle project replaces aging water pipes and keeps our water system resilient

Image of Roselawn pipe replacementLarge construction projects frequently get the spotlight, but the role of the many smaller projects also underway are the untold stories that keep our water system working and resilient.  

As part of our ongoing maintenance and monitoring programs, staff recently identified sections of pipe near Northeast Cully Boulevard and Killingsworth in the Cully neighborhood that would benefit from replacement. After reviewing records of recent leaks and breaks, the area with original piping from 1954 was identified for repairs, and crews went to work on the Roselawn Bundle Water Main Replacement Project.

"Each day, all around the city, projects like this are underway in Portland to ensure that we can serve excellent water around the clock,” said the project's design engineer Dan Ward. “Proactive maintenance in specific areas is vital for both our water system and the community members who rely on it. Projects like these work to keep our clean, reliable water always on for the Portland region."

When complete, 4,001 feet of water main—or pipes—was replaced with more earthquake-resistant pipe. While crews were in the neighborhood, additional upgrades were made to the water system by adding five new fire hydrants in strategic locations to improve fire protection in the neighborhood. We also renewed over 90 service connections, which are smaller pipes that carry water from the new main to nearby homes and businesses. These new pipes and hydrants will serve the system for nearly 70 more years.

Learn more about the work of our crews and our asset management program, or bookmark Portland Maps to track Water Bureau and other construction projects near your home address.

Jan. 24, 2020: Cryptosporidium Monitoring Update

Cryptosporidium Monitoring Update

Detections from routine monitoring in the Bull Run. Customers do not need to take any additional precautions at this time.

Since 2017, the Portland Water Bureau has detected low levels of Cryptosporidium from routine monitoring. Monitoring results were received from the Bull Run Watershed intake for Cryptosporidium, a potentially disease-causing microorganism. In the 50-liters sampled daily, between Sunday, Jan. 19 and Wednesday, Jan. 22, one Cryptosporidium oocyst was detected in the sample collected on Jan. 19, three oocysts in sample collected on Jan. 20 and one oocyst in the sample collected on Jan. 22. Cryptosporidium was not detected in the sample collected on Jan. 21. Prior to these detections, Cryptosporidium was last detected from the Bull Run Watershed intake on Jan. 12, 2020.

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 (EPA) 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 Domestic 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 Quality Line at 503-823-7525.

TRAFFIC ADVISORY: RESCHEDULED Portland Water Bureau will close lanes for paving S.W. Naito Parkway on Jan. 24

Rescheduled for inclement weather, the Portland Water Bureau will close lanes on S.W. Naito Parkway to pave the roadway on Friday, Jan 24.

This is a continuation of work on the Water Bureau’s Willamette River Crossing Project which began in October 2019 and will continue through the spring of 2020. Current work taking place in S.W. Naito Parkway will allow us to connect the new pipe under the Willamette River to the existing water system. 

  • Beginning Jan. 24, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., paving work will temporarily close one lane of S.W. Naito Parkway in each direction. Traffic will continue to flow in the remaining lanes. Travelers should expect delays. Flaggers will direct traffic through the work zone.
  • The pedestrian and bicycle path along the east side of Naito Parkway will remain open. (There is no bike path on the west side in this area.)
  • Paving work is weather dependent and may be delayed due to rain or cold temperatures. The upcoming forecast suggests this is likely.

Later in the spring, construction will temporarily close one lane in each direction to install a new pipe. The Water Bureau will also coordinate with Portland Bureau of Transportation in the coming months as they begin the S.W. Naito Parkway Improvement Project, outlined at portlandoregon.gov/transportation/swnaito.

About the Willamette River Crossing project

Portland’s water mains (pipes) that cross the Willamette River are more than 50 years old and will probably not survive a major earthquake. As part of the Portland Water Bureau’s commitment to preparedness, we are installing an earthquake-resilient water pipe deep under the Willamette River. This new water pipe will help ensure that we can deliver safe and abundant water to the west side, even after an earthquake.

This project is currently in the design and exploration phase. This phase includes locating underground utilities and conducting a geotechnical probe, which will provide important information about soil deep underground and help us confirm the best path across the river. More information: portlandoregon.gov/water/wrx.