GENERAL INFORMATION: 503-823-7404
1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 600, Portland, OR 97204
It’s been a long, dry summer so far and Portland lawns are looking more like golden fields than lush green carpets.
Get your Hands on Free Water-Saving Tools
Customers may encounter a running hydrant or valve with a flushing sign or a Portland Water Bureau barrier and naturally think it is just a waste of water.
This summer much of the Northwest is experiencing drier than normal conditions with some areas facing water shortages. However, Portland is not facing water shortages, and is fortunate in that we have two sources of water to meet Portland’s needs. We are constantly monitoring our water resources and balancing maintenance activities with available supply.
The Portland Water Bureau uses two techniques to clean and maintain the drinking water system: spot flushing and unidirectional flushing.
For more information, visit the following Portland Water Bureau webpages:
BIG staff work alongside customers to create a water-use history report, identify potential savings, and provide an on-site evaluation of water using devices based on specific needs. Here’s one success story from the BIG Program.
IRC Aluminum & Stainless
Located in North Portland, IRC Aluminum & Stainless is a non‐ferrous metal distributor that provides water‐jet cutting services to the northwest. Water‐jet cutting is a unique technology that can cut a variety of materials with no mechanical stress or heat effect. High pressure pumps used to create the water jets rely on large quantities of continuous “single pass” cooling water that discharges to the sewer after one use.
Cooling is typically accomplished using chillers and/or cooling towers but IRC was in need of a customized system to meet the requirements of their unique operation.
In September 2012, the Water Bureau's Water Conservation Program Coordinator met with IRC personnel to help improve the company’s water efficiency and reduce environmental impacts.
Working together, they developed an innovative design that combined the reuse of pump cooling water together with “free cooling” to the atmosphere using outdoor storage tanks.
The system now reuses cooling water in various cutting operation areas, providing more savings than a chiller system alone. The resulting design reduced cooling water demand by approximately 1.6 million gallons per year or 41 percent of the total use.
IRC’s high capital cost to install the system was reduced by an incentive offered by the Water Bureau.
To read more BIG Water Efficiency Program success stories, visit our Commercial Water Efficiency website.
During testimony, a member of the public requested that the record be left open for submission of new evidence.
The Type III application describes the proposed project’s historic preservation and rehabilitation actions and construction of a covered reservoir, reflecting pools, lowland habitat area/bioswale, and walkways. These features will offer the public enhanced access to the new surface water features and classically-designed gatehouses, dams, and related structures.
After a discussion, the Commission decided the following:
|August 10 – 24, 2015||The record will remain open for submission of new evidence from August 10, 2015 to 4:30 p.m., August 24, 2015.|
|August 24 – 31, 2015||Response to new evidence will be accepted from August 24, 2015 to 4:30 p.m., August 31, 2015.|
|August 31 – September 8, 2015||The Water Bureau can submit a rebuttal to the new evidence and response from August 31, 2015 to 4:30 p.m., September 8, 2015. The end date was extended one-day from September 7 due to the Labor Day holiday.|
|September 14, 2015||The Commission will reconvene to take action on the item. No public testimony will be taken.|
Submit, Review New Evidence
New evidence on the Type III Historic Resource Review application can be e-mailed to Hillary.Adam@portlandoregon.gov, faxed to 503-823-5630, or mailed to:
Land Use Services, Bureau of Development Services
RE: LU 15-169671 HR
1900 SW Fourth Avenue, Suite 4500
Portland, OR 97201
A courtesy copy of the application and subsequent updates submitted to BDS are posted on the Water Bureau’s project webpage at www.portlandoregon.gov/water/wpreservoirs/LURIIIHR. To view or obtain copies of the official document, you must get it from BDS.
To review and submit response to new evidence, visit http://www.portlandoregon.gov/BDS.
Land Use Review Application Background
The Washington Park Reservoir Project includes three Land Use Reviews (LUR) detailed in the chart to the right:
1. Type IV Demolition Review application
2. Type III Historic Review application
3. Type III Conditional Use/ Environmental/Tree Reviews application
Before work permits are issued or construction begins, all applications must be approved.
The applications are a result of a robust public involvement process that included multiple public open houses and nine Community Sounding Board meetings that guided design for the required visible features of the Washington Park project.
For more information on the Type III and IV LUR processes, visit the BDS website.
The Water Bureau’s Washington Park Reservoir Improvements Project proposes to build a new below-ground reservoir in the same general footprint as the existing upper Reservoir 3, with a reflecting pool on top.
The lower Reservoir 4 basin and the slope west of it are needed to provide landslide abatement; the slope will be restored to its pre-reservoir condition. Reservoir 4 will be disconnected from the public drinking water system and a lowland habitat area/bioswale and a reflecting pool are also proposed in the Reservoir 4 basin. Work will primarily be within the Historic District.
The project addresses major reservoir issues, including recurrent landslide damage, compliance with federal law, seismic vulnerability, and deterioration of the 120 year-old structures.
Additional Information & Contacts
For detailed project information, visit the project webpage or contact Water Bureau Public Information staff at 503-823-3028 or by e-mail. Visit the Bureau of Development Services’ website or call 503-823-7300 for more information on the land use review application process.
Water Bureau employees will be on hand to address water-related questions and concerns, offer information on how the Water Bureau can help with bill assistance, discuss convenient ways to pay and manage your sewer-water bill, and advise on ways to use water efficiently and cost effectively.
The Jade District Night Market events are family friendly and include retail and food vendors and live entertainment. The goals of the market is to help create a sense of community on SE 82nd Avenue by bringing local business owners together and drawing the larger Portland community to the multi-ethnic neighborhood.
The Jade District is the area surrounding SE 82nd Avenue and SE Division Street. The district was designated by the Portland Development Commission (PDC) as a Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative (NPI) district in 2011. The NPI is a public/private partnership that aims to transform underserved commercial districts in east Portland into engines of economic growth without displacing the communities that reside there.