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Portland Water Bureau Returns to 100 Percent Bull Run Water - 06/29/15
News Release
For Immediate Release
June 29, 2015

Portland Water Bureau Returns to 100 Percent Bull Run Water

The Portland Water Bureau returned to 100 percent Bull Run water today, June 29, after blending a small portion of water from its Columbia South Shore Well Field into the water distribution system.

The Water Bureau began blending groundwater with Bull Run water on June 11 so scheduled work could be completed to strengthen interties on its largest conduit. This work was completed ahead of schedule, allowing the Water Bureau to return to 100 percent Bull Run sooner than anticipated. While this work occurred, the bureau also took the opportunity to perform its annual maintenance operation of the groundwater system. By routinely doing this operation, the bureau ensures the reliability of the system when needed, either in an emergency or to meet seasonal supply demands.

Due to careful planning, Portland is fortunate to have access to two excellent water sources that allow the City to be prepared to meet the range of supply and demand conditions that could occur this summer. Both the Bull Run and Columbia South Shore Well Field are high-quality water sources that meet or surpass all federal and state drinking water regulations.

It will take one to eight days, depending on location, for 100 percent Bull Run water to move through the distribution system and reach customers.

While public notification is not required, the Water Bureau informs the media and sensitive users, as a practice, when it activates and discontinues use of groundwater.

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.

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Portland Water Bureau to Run Groundwater Supply - 06/11/15
Beginning Thursday, June 11, the Portland Water Bureau will begin using its groundwater wells in the Columbia South Shore Well Field to ensure adequate supplies of water to its customers while work on supply conduits from Bull Run is being completed.

While public notification is not required, the Water Bureau informs the media and sensitive water users, as a practice, when it activates groundwater. One change that customers may notice is a slight increase in hardness. The media and sensitive water users will again be notified when it returns to 100 percent Bull Run water.

The Columbia South Shore Well Field is a high-quality water supply that meets or surpasses all federal and state drinking water regulations. Portland has access to two excellent water sources that can be used to meet water demands throughout the year.

As part of system improvements, maintenance work is being conducted on the Water Bureau's three supply conduits. Work to strengthen the interties between the conduits will soon begin on the last and largest conduit. This scheduled maintenance coincides with an increase in water demand. As a result, groundwater from the Columbia South Shore Well field will be used to continue supplying clean, safe and constant drinking water to customers.

"In Portland, we're fortunate to have two high quality sources of water," said Portland Water Bureau Administrator David Shaff. "As other parts of the nation are struggling to meet their water supply needs, it's comforting that we can turn to our Columbia South Shore Well Field to meet all our customers' needs."

The groundwater system is estimated to contribute approximately 8% of supply for up to four weeks during the scheduled improvement work. While the work is being performed, the bureau will take the opportunity to perform its annual maintenance operation of the groundwater system, replacing the maintenance run scheduled for next month.

Depending on location, it will take between one and eight days for groundwater to move through the distribution system and reach customers.

For more information about Portland's drinking water quality, call the Water Line at 503-823-7525.

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Traffic, bike and pedestrian traffic controls in place on 1900 block of North Interstate Avenue - 06/04/15
Portland, OR - The sidewalk will be closed to pedestrians, and the bike and motor vehicle lanes will shifted to the west on North Interstate Avenue between North Tillamook Street and the intersection of North Interstate and North Larabee avenues. These traffic controls will begin June 8, 2015 and will be in place for two-three weeks.

A contractor for the Portland Water Bureau will be removing the brick face of the bureau's building at 1900 North Interstate. To protect the public, a construction barrier will be moved close to the sidewalk curb and the bike and motor vehicle lanes will be shifted to the west to make room for both types of vehicles.

Motorists and bicyclists are urged to use alternate routes, remember to drive slowly, and exercise caution when traveling in the construction area.

Project information can be found online at www.portlandoregon.gov/water/interstate
Annual Drinking Water Quality Report Released Online - 06/01/15
The Portland Water Bureau has posted its annual water quality report online. The federally-required report outlines how, from forest to faucet, Portland is continuing to deliver clean and safe drinking water for the city of Portland.

In the report, customers can learn why Portland has some of highest quality drinking water in the country, and general information about Portland's drinking water system. The report, which summarizes water quality results for 2014, outlines that Portland's drinking water met all public health standards.

"I hope everyone takes a moment to read the report online. This information is extremely important," said Water Bureau Administrator David Shaff. "Delivering high quality drinking water to our customers is the Water Bureau's top priority. This report details what goes into delivering water to your tap."

The Portland Water Bureau is mailing a postcard this week to inform every customer about the availability of the report online. Customers are able to request a paper copy, either online or by phone. The report is available in large font for the visually impaired. Russian, Vietnamese, Chinese and Spanish and can be found online or by calling the Portland Water Bureau Water Line at 503-823-7525.

The report is available online at: www.portlandoregon.gov/water/waterqualityreport.


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Attached Media Files: 2015_CCR_Media_Release.docx