Portland Water Bureau
Emergency Messages as of 4:53 am, Wed. Jul. 23
No information currently posted; operating as usual.
Subscribe to receive FlashAlert messages from Portland Water Bureau
Primary email address for a new account:

Emergency Alerts News Releases  


Manage my existing Subscription

News Releases
Temporary trail closure map
Temporary trail closure map
Temporary Closure Set for Section of Trail in George Himes Park (Photo) - 07/18/14
Portland, OR -- A 350-foot section of the SW Terwilliger Trail in George Himes Park in Southwest Portland will be closed from August through October 2014.

A contractor for the Portland Water Bureau will be installing pipe under the paved section of the SW Terwilliger Trail starting at SW Capitol Highway and ending approximately 350-feet south of the intersection of SW Terwilliger Boulevard and SW Capitol Highway. A safe alternative route around the construction zone will be provided on SW Terwilliger Boulevard. Trail users can also take the George Himes Trail to avoid the construction zone.

The paved walking path and natural area disturbed by the project will be restored once the project is completed, scheduled for November 2014.

The contractor is installing 3,400 feet of new 24-inch diameter pipe from the intersection of SW Burlingame Avenue and SW Chestnut Street, north along SW Burlingame Avenue, then turn east on SW Burlingame Terrace down to SW Terwilliger Boulevard. Once on SW Terwilliger Boulevard, the construction will continue north to the traffic island at SW Capitol Highway where new underground utility vaults will be installed.

More information can be found on the project website at www.portlandoregon.gov/water/swcarolina.
Attached Media Files: Temporary trail closure map
Traffic Advisory 07/17/14: Section of NW Skyline Boulevard Reduced to One Lane for Paving July 21-22, Expect Delays - 07/17/14
The Portland Water Bureau will be alternating the closure of the west and eastbound lanes of NW Skyline Boulevard, between NW Hawkins Boulevard and NW Cornell Road, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, July 21 through Tuesday, July 22.

The alternating lane closure will allow crews to repave about 150-feet of roadway at the NW Hawkins and NW Skyline boulevards intersection. All traffic lanes will reopen when the work day ends.

Flaggers will be stationed to pass traffic through safely. Motorists may experience a 15- to 20-minute delay and are reminded to stay alert and use caution as traffic may suddenly stop. To avoid traffic delays, motorists should use alternate routes around the work site.

In May, the Water Bureau excavated a space under the westbound lane of NW Skyline Boulevard to connect a pipeline from the newly constructed Forest Park Low Reservoir to the water system. The final step in the process to restore the roadway will be to repave the NW Hawkins intersection from curb to curb.

The 1.3 million gallon underground Forest Park Low Reservoir is part of an overall plan to better serve the current and future water needs of residents living at higher elevations in the Northwest Hills district. It will also help to improve water capacity for emergency fire protection.

The new reservoir is now connected to the water system and will be brought online during the week of July 21. For additional information on the Forest Park Low Reservoir project, visit http://www.portlandoregon.gov/water/forestpark.
Attached Media Files: Official Traffic Advisory
News Release 07/09/14: Portland Water Bureau Returns to 100 Percent Bull Run Water - 07/09/14
This afternoon, July 9, 2014, the Portland Water Bureau returned to 100 percent Bull Run water after completing its maintenance operation that blended a small portion of water from its Columbia South Shore Well Field into the water distribution system.

On June 30, the Portland Water Bureau detected a leak on one of the supply conduits from the Bull Run. The conduit was taken out of service to repair the leak, requiring the Portland Water Bureau to augment the Bull Run supply with drinking water from the Columbia South Shore Well Field. While using groundwater, the bureau took the opportunity to perform its annual maintenance operation of the groundwater system from July 7 to July 9. This replaces the maintenance run scheduled for August 2014.

The routine maintenance is required due to the groundwater supply’s complex system composed of electric pumps, chemical feed systems, electronic controls and other equipment that must be operated regularly to identify maintenance needs. By doing this operation routinely, the bureau ensures the reliability of the system when needed, either in an emergency or to meet seasonal supply demands.

It will take about 24 to 60 hours depending on your location for Bull Run water to move through the distribution system and reach you. Both sources of water are high quality water supplies which meet or surpass all federal and state drinking water regulations.

To learn more about the Columbia South Shore Well Field, visit www.portlandoregon.gov/water/groundwater. Customers with water quality questions are encouraged to contact the Water Line at 503‐823‐7525.
Traffic Advisory 07/09/14: One Lane of Westbound Traffic on SE Powell Blvd Closed July 10-11 for Street Restriping - 07/09/14
The Portland Water Bureau will be closing one lane of westbound traffic on SE Powell Boulevard, between SE 97th and SE 100th avenues, beginning 9:00 pm on Thursday, July 10 and lasting until the early morning of Friday, July 11. The closure will allow crews to restripe the westbound lanes. The closure was previously scheduled for July 7-8 but was postponed.

For the overnight project, flaggers will direct both lanes of traffic safely around the work site. The Water Bureau advises motorists and bicyclists to use caution on SE Powell Boulevard in this area. Motorists and bicyclists should watch for construction workers, be ready for sudden stops and obey all traffic controls and flaggers. To avoid traffic delays, motorists should use alternate routes.

In June, crews finished the construction of a 23-foot wide by 40-foot long concrete vault under the westbound lane of SE Powell Boulevard, directly in front of the Central Church of the Nazarene. The vault houses complex piping connected to the city's new 25-million gallon underground reservoir atop Kelly Butte. The westbound lane that was previously excavated to make room for the vault has been restored; the final step in the process will be to restripe the lanes.

The Kelly Butte Reservoir will serve Portland's east-side water customers, and be a stopover to supply water to the Washington Park reservoir and southwest Portland area water storage tanks.

For additional information on the Kelly Butte Reservoir project, visit http://www.portlandoregon.gov/water/kellybutte.
Attached Media Files: Official Traffic Advisory
Traffic Advisory 07/03/14: One Lane of Westbound Traffic on SE Powell Blvd Closed July 7-8 for Street Restriping - 07/03/14
The Portland Water Bureau will be closing one lane of westbound traffic on SE Powell Boulevard, between SE 97th and SE 100th avenues, the evening of Monday, July 7 and the morning of Tuesday, July 8. The closure will allow crews to restripe the westbound lane.

For the overnight project, flaggers will direct both lanes of traffic safely around the work site. The Water Bureau warns motorists and bicyclists to use caution on SE Powell Boulevard in this area. Motorists and bicyclists should watch for construction workers, be ready for sudden stops and obey all traffic controls and flaggers. To avoid traffic delays, motorists should use alternate routes.

In June, crews finished the construction of a 23-foot wide by 40-foot long concrete vault under the westbound lane of SE Powell Boulevard, directly in front of the Central Church of the Nazarene. The vault houses complex piping connected to the city's new 25-million gallon underground reservoir atop Kelly Butte. The westbound lane that was previously excavated to make room for the vault has been restored; the final step in the process will be to restripe the lane.

The Kelly Butte Reservoir will serve Portland's east-side water customers, and be a stopover to supply water to the Washington Park reservoir and southwest Portland area water storage tanks.

For additional information on the Kelly Butte Reservoir project, visit http://www.portlandoregon.gov/water/kellybutte.
Attached Media Files: Official Traffic Advisory
Portland Water Bureau to Run Groundwater Supply - 07/01/14
This afternoon, July 1, 2014, the Portland Water Bureau activated the groundwater wells in the Columbia South Shore Well Field.

On June 30, the Portland Water Bureau detected a leak on one of the 50-inch diameter supply conduits from the Bull Run watershed into the city. It will take about two days to repair the conduit. While the conduit is being repaired, the Portland Water Bureau will augment the Bull Run supply with drinking water from the Columbia South Shore Well Field.

"Thanks to careful planning and investment, we have two high quality sources of water available to us," said Portland Water Bureau Administrator David Shaff. "When there is a disruption in the Bull Run water system, it's tremendously comforting to know that we can turn to our Columbia South Shore Well Field as a back-up and supply all our customer's needs."

The groundwater system may contribute up to 30% of supply during the repairs. The bureau estimates that it will take two days to repair the leaking conduit. Once the conduit has been repaired, the bureau will take the opportunity to perform its annual maintenance operation of the groundwater system the week of July 7, replacing the maintenance run scheduled for August 2014. This will identify any additional maintenance needs and issues in the complex groundwater system that is composed of pumps, chemical feed systems, electronic controls, and accessory equipment.

By doing this maintenance operation, the bureau will ensure the reliability of the groundwater system when needed, either unexpectedly or to meet seasonal supply later in the summer or early fall. During the maintenance operation it is anticipated that the average contribution of groundwater to the system will be approximately 5% or less of the total daily water demand.

It will take about 24 to 60 hours for groundwater to move through the distribution system. The Columbia South Shore Well Field is a high quality water supply which meets or surpasses all federal and state drinking water regulations. Customers should not notice any difference in the taste of the water. The public will be notified when the well field is shut down and the water supply returns to 100% Bull Run water.

To learn more about the Columbia South Shore Well Field, visit www.portlandoregon.gov/water/groundwater

Customers with water quality questions are encouraged to contact the Water Line at 503-823-7525.
Traffic Advisory 06/27/14: One Lane of Westbound Traffic on SE Powell Blvd. Closed July 1-3 for Concrete-Island Construction - 06/27/14
The Portland Water Bureau will be closing one lane of westbound traffic on SE Powell Boulevard between SE 97th and SE 100th avenues starting Tuesday, July 1 to Thursday, July 3. The closure will be daily from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm in order to construct a concrete-island between the east and west bound lanes.

For the three-day project, flaggers will direct both lanes of traffic safely around the work site. The Water Bureau warns motorists and bicyclists to use caution on SE Powell Boulevard in this area. Motorists and bicyclists should watch for construction workers, be ready for sudden stops and obey all traffic controls and flaggers. To avoid traffic delays, motorists should use alternate routes.

In June, crews finished the construction of a 23-foot wide by 40-foot long concrete vault under the westbound lane of SE Powell Boulevard, directly in front of the Central Church of the Nazarene. The vault houses complex piping connected to the city's new 25-million gallon underground reservoir atop Kelly Butte. To accommodate space for the vault construction work zone, the previous concrete island was removed. Crews will construct a new island which will again limit left-turn access into the church on SE Powell Boulevard.

The Kelly Butte Reservoir will serve Portland's east-side water customers, and be a stopover to supply water to the Washington Park reservoir and southwest Portland area water storage tanks.

For additional information on the Kelly Butte Reservoir project, visit http://www.portlandoregon.gov/water/kellybutte.