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Portland Water Bureau Returns to 100 Percent Bull Run - 08/26/21

On Aug. 27, 2021 the Portland Water Bureau will be turning off its groundwater supply and returning to a supply of 100 percent water from the Bull Run watershed. It can take up to two weeks depending on the location in the system for customers to receive 100 percent Bull Run water.

Since Aug. 3, the Water Bureau has been supplementing the Bull Run supply with water from the Columbia South Shore Well Field. During that time groundwater has comprised approximately 50 percent of Portland’s supply depending on daily demand. 

“Groundwater is one of our most powerful tools in planning for climate change,” said Portland Water Bureau Resource Protection and Planning Director Edward Campbell. “We can expect longer periods of reservoir drawdown in the summer. Groundwater allows us to carefully control reservoir drawdown to meet water supply needs for people and fish even when dry periods start earlier and last longer.”

Current forecasts along with existing Bull Run supply are allowing Portland to return to 100 percent Bull Run water. This year saw an early start to reservoir drawdown, periods of extreme heat, and extended dry weather. Groundwater has been a necessary and high-quality secondary source to allow us to meet system needs.

Customers with water quality questions are encouraged to call the Water Line at 503-823-7525 with questions.

For information on Water Bureau operations and summer supply updates visit www.portland.gov/water. Additional water quality data can be found on our website: 

www.portland.gov/water/water-quality/test-results.

 

About the Portland Water Bureau

The Portland Water Bureau serves water to almost a million people in the Portland area. Portland’s water system includes two great water sources, 53 tanks and reservoirs, and 2,200 miles of pipes. With 600 employees working on everything from water treatment to customer service, the Water Bureau is committed to serving excellent water every minute of every day.

Attached Media Files: GW_Rescind_082621.docx
Plan ahead for trips to Washington Park--Next phase in reservoir project requires road closure - 08/24/21

Visitors to Washington Park, including the Portland Japanese Garden and Portland International Rose Test Garden, should plan for limited parking options in September. The next step in the Washington Park Reservoir Improvement Project requires the Portland Water Bureau to close roads and some street parking in the area to restore hillsides that were modified during construction of the new reservoir. Easy access to parking is available using Washington Park’s free shuttle service.

Traffic impacts

Southwest Sacajawea and Sherwood boulevards will be closed to pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers from Tuesday, Sept. 7 to Friday, Oct. 1, 2021. The Water Bureau will remove support walls that are no longer needed to stabilize the hillsides near the project.

  • Southwest Sacajawea Boulevard between Southwest Park Place and its intersection with Southwest Sherwood Boulevard will be closed to all traffic.
  • Southwest Sherwood Boulevard between Southwest Sacajawea Boulevard and Southwest Kingston Drive will be closed to all traffic.
  • Madison Trail will be closed during this time.

 

Visiting Washington Park? Plan ahead!

On-site parking near the Rose and Japanese gardens will be extremely limited. You are highly encouraged to use transit, including the free Washington Park shuttle, an enjoyable and efficient way to explore the park. 

Parking

Transit to the park

You’re at the park! Here’s what you need to know:

Pedestrians and cyclists

  • The designated path separating pedestrians and cyclists from vehicles on Southwest Lewis and Clark Circle will remain open in both directions for travel into and out of the park.
  • Cyclists will be required to walk bicycles on the path.
  • Madison Trail will be closed.

Free shuttle in the park

  • The Washington Park Free Shuttle runs a loop inside the park daily and stops at the Washington Park MAX Station. Use the real-time shuttle tracker to check its location and schedule. Visitors are encouraged to take MAX, TriMet bus service, or a rideshare service to Washington Park and connect with the shuttle. All shuttles are ADA accessible, and riders are required to wear masks. 
  • The Lewis and Clark Memorial Free Shuttle stop at the corner of Southwest Park Place and Lewis and Clark Way will be closed.

TriMet

  • People using TriMet should check trimet.org for route or schedule changes.

Vehicles

  • Entering the park: People travelling into the park from the city center may enter at Southwest Park Place and other access points in the area. 
  • Leaving the park: People travelling from Washington Park to the city center should take West Burnside Street or Highway 26 because of the Sherwood and Sacajawea Boulevard closures.

About the Washington Park Reservoir Improvement Project

The Portland Water Bureau replaced reservoirs that have served the city since 1894 with a new 12.4-million-gallon, seismically reinforced underground reservoir. When completed, this project will supply water to Portland’s west side and serve more than 360,000 people, including all downtown businesses and residents, twenty schools, five hospital complexes, and more than sixty parks. Learn more at portland.gov/water/WPReservoirs.

About the Portland Water Bureau

The Portland Water Bureau serves water to almost a million people in the Portland area. Portland’s water system includes two great water sources, 53 tanks and reservoirs, and 2,200 miles of pipes. With 600 employees working on everything from water treatment to customer service, the Water Bureau is committed to serving excellent water every minute of every day.