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Water Bureau Lends Equipment, Expertise to Warm Springs During Water Crisis

We're on the road, helping a neighbor in need. The Bureau brought a 1,000 potable water tank to Warm Springs and showed their crews how to operate it while they're in need.

Posted by Portland Water Bureau on Thursday, June 6, 2019

Many people in the bureau are in for the long haul.

Brian and Derrick, Water Bureau Operating Engineers, were on a long haul, literally.

Behind them, on a two-hour drive, was a potable water container capable of holding nearly 1,300 gallons, and an emergency water distribution trailer. Ahead of them was a community in need, The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. In late May, it started as a boil water notice.

A loss of pressure put the Tribe’s water in jeopardy.

Jerome, a System Operation Supervisor, dispatched the duo of Operating Engineers to bring an empty blivit and show crews in Warm Springs how to operate it.

Brian says the entire setup took about an hour. “Any time we can help someone out, it’s a great thing."

The assistance went beyond the initial setup of the emergency water distribution station. Jerome and Chris Wanner, Director of Operations, have continued to provide guidance in helping the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs with any additional questions.

“It feels good. Public servants and water professionals, that’s what we do,” Jerome said. “It feels good to help out a community in need.”