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Have you ever spotted a Portland Water Bureau crew doing work on your street and wonder what they are working on? Or hear about a large project and want more information?
Now you can find out online!
The Portland Water Bureau is excited to announce the release of WaterWorks, an online map that shows where we are actively working in the City. Using WaterWorks, you can find current projects or events that may impact your water service or water quality, such as water system improvement projects, water main breaks, or water main flushing. You will find information about the project or event, including what you can expect and do during the project or disruption, and who to contact for more information. The release of WaterWorks expands the Water Bureau’s outstanding customer service by providing information at your fingertips, either on the computer or mobile device.
WaterWorks was created in response to customers requesting more online information about projects or events that affect water service or quality.
The Water Quality Information group was awarded a City of Portland Innovation Fund grant by the Portland City Council to fund the development of the tool by our partners in the eGovernment team at the Bureau of Technology Services. The Water Quality Information group has also partnered with the Communications and Maintenance and Construction groups in the Water Bureau to post information to the map.
Visit WaterWorks at www.portlandoregon.gov/water/waterworks to see what is happening in your neighborhood.
Questions about WaterWorks or water quality at your home? Contact the Water Line at WBWaterLine@portlandoregon.gov or 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|
|Administrative Assistant/Director's Administrative Assistant||Full Time||$4,239.00 - $6,527.00 Monthly||Mon. 7/10/17 4:30 PM Pacific Time||Apply Here!|
|Operating Engineer I||Full Time||$24.83 - $26.00 Hourly||Mon. 7/7/17 4:30 PM Pacific Time||Apply Here!|
All completed applications for this position must be submitted no later than 4:30 p.m. 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.
The Portland Water Bureau and the Columbia Slough Watershed Council teamed up for the annual Cycle the Well Field event on Saturday, June 3.
Forty-two cyclists participated in the 17-mile bicycle tour of Portland’s groundwater drinking water source.
Cyclists rode through the city’s Columbia South Shore Well Field, stopping along the way learning about groundwater, its role in Portland’s water supply, and how the public can help protect this important resource. The bicycle tour included stops at production and monitoring wells, a stormwater detention pond, the Groundwater Pump Station, and wrapped up with lunch at Blue Lake park.
Here are just a couple of the positive comments received from the participant survey:
“I was interested to learn how the well fields supplement the Bull Run Watershed. I never noticed the well sites before and now I will point them out to other people, when we pass them! It was neat to see inside them. I liked learning about the geology of my neighborhood and the Columbia Slough watershed.”
"This was a fun tour. It was very informative. The presenters are clearly expert at what they do. I appreciated how they made sure all the cyclist were safe at crossing and we remained together."
Learn more about Portland’s groundwater and the critical role in serves as a secondary water supply for almost a million people.
We get this question a lot when customers see our flushing crews working out in the field.
Pete Terry is a Water Operator Mechanic in our Maintenance and Construction group, and Brian Berends is an Operating Engineer II in our Operations group. Pete and Brian are in charge of flushing all the hydrants across Portland’s water system.
This week, Pete and Brian will be flushing water systems at various locations in Northeast Portland, Southwest Portland, and in Sellwood-Moreland.
So why is this water being flushed in the first place?
Flushing is sometimes used to improve the water quality in a specific area. This can be either in response to customer calls or as preventative maintenance.
In this specific project, an engineering project is being conducted that may cause customers living in the neighborhoods below to see discolored water. So flushing is being done as a preventative action to prevent you from seeing water discoloration.
The following neighborhoods have a low risk of seeing any affects from our work, but we want to let you know about this work in case you notice a difference in water color or pressure.
What Nearby Residents Can Expect
The discoloration does not pose a health risk.
If you experience some discoloration in your water from nearby flushing, run the water at one tap for two to three minutes to see if it clears. If it does not clear, wait an hour and try again. When the water runs clear, flush any taps where discolored water was present. Learn more about what you should do if you experience “dirty” water.
Find Flushing Projects Near You
Curious to see if there is flushing going on near you?
Visit our new WaterWorks tool, an online mapping application that shows you when, and where, Water Bureau projects are happening in the Portland metro area.
Find WaterWorks at www.portlandoregon.gov/water/waterworks.
Now that school's out for the summer, you'll need to find fun trips and outdoor activities for your kids to enjoy.
What about a car-free trip to Washington Park using the free shuttle? This summer, you can leave your car at home, hop on the MAX, and let the free Washington Park shuttle do the driving for you.
Adventure-ready little ones, no driving distractions for mom, and a park full of adventure...what else could a busy parent ask for?
As a public utility, we work hard to ensure that water keeps flowing to homes and businesses every day. Part of this involves keeping an eye on the future water needs of Portlanders. Whether we’re planning for earthquake safety, climate change, or future water quality needs, we’re working to ensure that today and tomorrow’s water supply is safe from natural disasters or other potential threats to public health.
To help us meet these planning goals, we’re undertaking the Washington Park Reservoir Improvement Project.
For the next seven years, Water Bureau contractors will be building a new, 12.3-million below-ground reservoir at Washington Park. But this just any run-of-the-mill reservoir. That’s because the new reservoir will be engineered to withstand the potentially catastrophic effects of a major earthquake, which means Portlanders’ water system will be stronger and more prepared when the “Big One” hits.
When complete, the new reservoir will supply water to Portland’s west side and serve more than 360,000 people, including all downtown businesses and residents, 20 schools, and three hospitals. That’s a lot of people! And, as with any major construction project, several streets are closed and parking spaces will be temporarily unavailable through March 2018. We hope you’ll agree that such improvements are a small price to pay to ensure our system—and the people served by it—will be protected ion the future.
Even so, getting to or around the park doesn’t have to be a hassle!
A free shuttle is running 7-days-a-week with nine stops throughout the park during the summer season. Stops include popular attractions like the International Rose Test Garden, Portland Japanese Garden, Hoyt Arboretum Visitors Center, and the Washington Park MAX station.
The shuttle can be easily accessed just a hop and a skip away from the station’s elevators.
We’ve invited the media to join us for a ride on the shuttle this Tuesday, June 20 at 10:30 a.m. And you’re invited come along with Facebook Live to get an up-close look at how the shuttle works and the places it can take you.
When: Tuesday, June 20
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Where: The Portland Water Bureau Facebook page
We’ll be broadcasting our shuttle trip on Facebook Live starting at 10:30 a.m.
Head over to Facebook, “like” our page, and you’ll be notified when our live event starts.
See you there!