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Water bureau OK’s fire retardant drops in Portland’s Bull Run watershed

The Portland Water Bureau has approved fire retardant drops in the Bull Run watershed, a decision that allows firefighters to dump toxic chemicals in the city’s pristine source of drinking water.

The city agency did not publicly announce the decision, confirming it Wednesday only after repeated inquiries from The Oregonian/OregonLive.

“The Portland Water Bureau has […]

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Portland Water Bureau changes approach to treating lead in water

By Jessica Floum | The Oregonian/OregonLive

February 26, 2017

The Portland Water Bureau will ask the City Council to try treating the area’s drinking water to reduce the amount of lead leaching from pipes, a recommendation that pivots from the city’s previous insistence such treatment was unnecessary.

Portland’s water from the Bull Run watershed has a low enough pH level that it can leach lead from old pipes and fixtures. Adding chemicals that don’t harm human health can make the […]

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New water system aims to bring second source to Hillsboro by 2026

Local officials are calling it the largest capital infrastructure project in Oregon’s history.

Priced at $1.2 billion, a new 30-mile-long water pipeline stretching from Wilsonville to Hillsboro is currently in the works, and is expected to become a new source of drinking water for more than 400,000 people in Washington County who count on Tualatin Valley Water District and the city of Hillsboro to keep their taps running.

Known as the Willamette Water Supply Program, the city and TVWD plan […]

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Lead in the water: Why Portland’s on wrong end of national list

By Brad Schmidt | The Oregonian/OregonLive

April 09, 2016 Among America’s 75 biggest water providers, only one has recently exceeded federal standards for elevated lead levels in the drinking water of high-risk homes.

And when Portland isn’t surpassing that benchmark, it hovers just below – with current testing showing the greatest lead levels among all large cities.

The Rose City’s poor position nationally is coming into sharp focus in the fallout over toxic lead levels exposed in Flint, Michigan. A […]

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Portland, OR to sue Monsanto for water contamination

March 17, 2016 The city council in Portland, Oregon has unanimously voted to authorize a lawsuit against Monsanto for contaminating its waterways with cancer-causing chemicals. Six other West Coast cities are also suing the bio-agricultural corporation in federal court. City Attorney Tracy Reeve claims that Portland has already spent a significant amount of public money cleaning up contamination in the Willamette River as well as Columbia Slough. Over a billion dollars has been spent cleaning up just the river, Mayor […]

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The final piece

17 March 2016 17:49 | Written by Anthony Macuk Portland Tribune

Crews for the Lake Oswego-Tigard Water Partnership lowered an elevated segment of pipe into place over Oswego Creek next to the McVey Avenue bridge last week, it was an historic moment: The pipeline that stretches over 10.5 miles from the Clackamas River to Tigard is now complete.

“We reached a really huge milestone last week,” project spokeswoman Katy Fulton told The Review, “by installing the final portion of pipeline […]

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Make Every Drop Count

In an average home, 22 gallons of water are lost to leakage each day – that’s more than $114 per year on your sewer, stormwater, and water bill. The most common culprits are leaking toilets or dripping faucets. If your water usage is higher than usual or averages more than eight CCF per person every three months (eight CCF equates to 5,984 gallons of water), you may have a leak.

All water services in Portland are metered. Meter readings determine […]

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Panel reviews regional water issues

Portland Tribune

Jan 11, 2016 Unlike California and other parts of the West, Portland has few problems with the quantity of water supplies.

But panelists at a recent discussion agreed that the Portland region has other looming water issues in the form of aging pipes and vulnerability to earthquakes — and how to pay for the needed upgrades.

Portland’s century-old city system has 2,700 miles of pipes — their average age being 80 — in addition to 17,000 fire hydrants […]

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Portland strikes out in most recent ratepayer case ruling

December 4, 2015 by Jim Redden, Portland Tribune

Portland went 0-2 Friday in the most recent round of the long-running legal fight over whether the City Council misspent water and sewer ratepayer funds.

In the most recent of many Multnomah County Circuit Court hearings in the case, Judge Stephen Bushong ruled the Water Bureau should not have spent at least $3 million rehabilitating Dodge Park outside the city limits and converting seven water tanks to so-called hyrdo parks. The exact […]

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Portland eyes $57 million project for earthquake-ready pipeline under Willamette River

Portland’s west side could have a water problem if — or when — the Big One hits.

The Bull Run watershed 26 miles east of downtown provides drinking water to nearly 1 million customers in the metro area, and that water crosses the Willamette River at six locations.

But the pipelines serving downtown Portland and the Washington Park reservoirs are an average of 77 years old. Two are buried in shallow and unstable soil in the riverbed. Two more 24-inch […]

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