GENERAL INFORMATION: 503-823-7404
1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 600, Portland, OR 97204
Rain, ice and snow can play havoc with water pipes. Below are tips for protecting your home’s plumbing this winter:
WHAT IF PIPES FREEZE?
WHAT IF PIPES BREAK?
The Water Bureau reminds customers that the best way to handle any sort of water emergency in your home including broken pipes is to be prepared before it happens. Taking a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the plumbing system in your home and note the location of all shut off valves are important steps in preventing a plumbing emergency from turning into a disaster.
Customers that experience urgent water problems should call the Portland Water Bureau’s 24/7 emergency hotline at 503-823-4874.
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.
Current Opportunity at the Water Bureau
|Position||Emp. Type||Salary||Closing Date|
|Environmental Technician II||Full Time||$26.64 - $33.99 Hourly||Tue. 12/08/15 4:30 PM Pacific Time|
Learn More about the Water Bureau
For more information on jobs at the Water Bureau, contact the Water Administrative Manager at 503-823-1956 or by e-mail.
Which of the following actions will help you maintain high quality drinking water inside your own home?
All of the above.
Ensuring the delivery of high quality water is a shared responsibility between the Portland Water Bureau and our customers. The Water Bureau monitors and maintains the drinking water system up to and including the water meter. Beyond the water meter into the house is the responsibility of the customer.
Water Quality Questions or Concerns
Contact the Portland Water Bureau’s Water Line at 503-823-7525.
In November, many of us have much to be thankful for - friends, family, and health.
The simple fact is that water is a vital part of every Thanksgiving celebration.
So how do you save water during such a hectic, family-filled time? Easy. Integrate water-wise behavior into your daily life well beforehand. That way, when the big day comes, you’ll be well versed in knowing water-saving tricks.
Here’s a few to get you started:
There you have it — the perfect “recipe” for having a water-wise Thanksgiving. Enjoy and give a little thanks for water.
For more water efficiency tips, visit www.portlandoregon.gov/water/efficiency.
On October 30, the first strong storm of the season rolled into the Pacific Northwest. Streets flooded, drains were clogged with debris, and gutters overflowed in the Portland metro area after nearly two inches of rain fell over a stretch of six hours.
In the Bull Run Watershed, the rain gauges registered between 4.5 and 10 inches of rain over the Halloween weekend.
These significant rains began quickly refilling Reservoir 1 and Reservoir 2, capable when full of holding a combined 16.8 billion gallons of water.
By November 3, the two reservoirs were nearly full, allowing the Portland Water Bureau to switch from using a groundwater/Bull Run water blend to 100 percent Bull Run water. Groundwater had been used for supply augmentation purposes since July 16 due to a long and dry season.
The bountiful rain in the Bull Run Watershed also ended the Water Bureau’s longest reservoir “drawdown” on record. Drawdown is the period of time during the spring/summer and early fall where more water leaves the reservoirs than enters. Bull Run reservoirs started drawing down on May 18, about six weeks earlier than the historic average.
The expected wet season weather is expected to keep the Bull Run reservoirs at or near capacity until late spring or early summer 2016.