GENERAL INFORMATION: 503-823-7404
1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 600, Portland, OR 97204
The Portland Water Bureau is committed to providing our customers with the highest quality water in the country. To do this, we work closely with our partners to make sure we deliver on our promise to provide fresh, clean water from forest to faucet.
One of these partners is the Portland Utility Board (PUB).
Created in 2015, the Portland Utility Board is a group of volunteer community members who advise City Council on water, sewer, stormwater and solid waste financial plans and rates. Acting as a citizen oversight body for the Portland Water Bureau and Bureau of Environmental Services, the Portland Utility Board meets once per month to develop advisory plans that establish fair and equitable rates and promote the long-term financial stability of the Water Bureau.
Come see how the Portland Utility Board works for you by attending a monthly meeting. The next PUB meeting will be held tomorrow! Meeting information is below.
Date: Tuesday, Feb. 7
Time: 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Location: The Portland Building, Room C
For more information about the Portland Utility Board, including meeting minutes and agenda, visit https://www.portlandoregon.gov/cbo/68272.
Today, the Portland Water Bureau received results that Cryptosporidium, a potentially pathogenic microorganism, was detected in a water sample collected Wednesday, February 1, from the Bull Run watershed, which provides drinking water to Portland and neighboring communities. The lab results show that one individual Cryptosporidium oocyst was present in a 50-liter (~13 gallons) sample of water.
At this time, we do not believe there is any increased public health risk as a result of this most recent detection. The general public is not being asked to take any special precautions. We continue to recommend that people with severely weakened immune systems seek specific advice about drinking water from their health care provider.
The Portland Water Bureau currently does not treat for the parasite Cryptosporidium because of a variance issued by the State of Oregon Health Authority (OHA) in 2012. Instead, the Portland Water Bureau is required to conduct routine monitoring for Cryptosporidium and notify the public of any detections.
This detection at the intake is the fourth detection this year. January 2nd was the first detection since the Portland Water Bureau began operation under the variance in April 2012. Prior to that, the last time Cryptosporidium was detected was December 2011, when a single oocyst was also detected.
As required by the conditions of the variance, the Portland Water Bureau had been testing for Cryptosporidium at the source water intake twice a week. Since January 8th, the Portland Water Bureau began monitoring at the source water intake at least four times per week for one year to demonstrate whether the Cryptosporidium concentration in the source water is less than 0.075 oocysts per 1,000 liters.
“The Portland Water Bureau is carefully tracking these results and working closely with our partners at the Multnomah County Health Department and Oregon Health Authority,” said Water Bureau Administrator Mike Stuhr. “While the health risk of these results is low, we take seriously our commitment to protecting public health.”
The City continues to consult with the Multnomah County Health Department and OHA. Public health officials have determined that no special precautions for Portland’s drinking water are currently necessary for the general public.
“Historically, we cannot find any evidence of a cryptosporidiosis outbreak tied to drinking Bull Run water.” said Multnomah County Health Officer Paul Lewis. “The county’s ongoing disease surveillance has shown no unexplained increase in Cryptosporidium cases.”
The Water Bureau is continuing its’ investigation into the recent detections. Wildlife found in the Bull Run are the most likely source of the Cryptosporidium detections, however no specific source has been identified. The Water Bureau will notify the public if any additional precautions are necessary.
Additional information regarding Water Bureau’s treatment variance is available at www.portlandoregon.gov/water/lt2treatmentvariance. Customers with questions regarding water quality can call the Water Line at (503) 823-7525.
If 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.
|Position||Emp. Type||Salary||Closing Date/Time||Join Our Team|
|Laboratory Coordinator||Full Time||$28.75 - $40.54 Hourly||
Mon. 2/20/17 4:30 PM Pacific Time
|Water Efficiency Manager||Full Time||$6,127.00 - $8,196.00 Monthly||
Mon. 2/27/17 4:30 PM Pacific Time
All completed applications for this position must be submitted no later than 4:30 pm, on the closing date and hour of this recruitment. E-mailed and / or faxed applications will not be accepted.
For more information regarding career opportunities at the Water Bureau, contact (503) 823-3515 or e-mail.
Customers who need help paying their utility bill, or are looking for ways to reduce their bill, are invited to take advantage of the Water Bureau’s variety of financial assistance programs. These programs come in the form of payment arrangements, bill discounts for sewer and water charges, crisis vouchers, fixture repair services, Utility Safety Net program and more.
To learn more about the financial assistance and reduction programs available to you, and how you may qualify visit our Financial Assistance page or contact Customer Service at 503-823-7770 or PWBCustomerService@portlandoregon.gov.
On Wednesday, Feb. 1, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., two large drill rigs and a large tank will be delivered to the reservoir project site at Washington Park. The three deliveries will be spread throughout the day to reduce the length of individual delays.
All deliveries will enter the site by traveling West Burnside Road, to Southwest Tichner Drive, to Southwest Kingston Avenue, to Southwest Sherwood Boulevard.
After being unloaded, the delivery truck trailers will exit the park using Southwest Park Place.
What Travelers Can Expect
To avoid delays, plan ahead and detour around the crane’s route. Enter the park using:
Exit the park using:
Safety is Priority
Safety is our number one priority when moving any type of heavy equipment into or out of the project worksite.
Park users and travelers are encouraged to move safely around the park. Please watch for detours and signage and follow direction from flaggers. The public is encouraged not follow construction vehicles or buses as they may enter restricted zones. All construction-related traffic impacts are subject to change.
The Washington Park Reservoir Improvements Project entails constructing a new 12.4-million gallon, seismically reinforced below ground reservoir in the same footprint of existing Reservoir 3 (upper) with a reflecting pool/water feature on top. Existing Reservoir 4 (lower) will be disconnected from the public drinking water system and a lowland wildlife habitat area, bioswale, and reflecting pool will be constructed in the basin.