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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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What the Portland Water Bureau is doing to prepare for the “Big One”

by Commissioner Nick Fish

Created on Thursday, 29 October 2015

The possibility of a Cascadia earthquake has been in the news and on the minds of Oregonians. When, not if, the “Big One” strikes, it could be the largest single disaster faced by our state. So the Portland Water Bureau has been working hard to strengthen our water system to be ready.

Being disaster-ready means taking steps to make sure we can continue to provide high-quality, safe and reliable water […]

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Portland shouldn’t gamble with its water resources

Clean water is one of the most important assets for any community, and the recent water contamination disaster in West Virginia reminds us that its oversight and protection shouldn’t be taken lightly.

Indeed, Portlanders will have the chance to weigh in on our own water resources this May and vote on a ballot measure that would dismantle Portland’s Water Bureau and move the Bureau of Environmental Services into a new Water District.

Is this idea of creating a new level […]

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Clackamas Watershed Collects Pollutants And Drinking Water

Cassandra Profita / OPB

Water intake for Lake Oswego

 

Studies by the U.S. Geological Survey have found 63 different pesticides and herbicides in the Clackamas River Basin. And testing shows some of those chemicals are winding up in the drinking water communities take from the river.

 

Sam Doane sits on the Clackamas River Basin Council, which looks out for water quality. So he knows about potential sources of pollution in the water. He’s […]

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Water rate fight could swamp (Portland) city campaigns

Attorneys challenge lawsuit that put service spending issues in election spotlight

By Jim Redden

The Portland Tribune, Apr 26, 2012

Critics cite the Water House demonstration project that cost $940,460 as an example of illegal ratepayer spending.

Spurred on by a critical city audit and a lawsuit, all three major City Council candidates are promising to rein in water and sewer rate increases.

But Kent Craford, who is involved in the lawsuit, warns Portland voters against accepting such claims at […]

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Should water rates encourage conservation?

Large consumers say costs already reducing consumption

By Jim Redden

Portland Tribune, April 16. 2012

A week after the City Council appeared willing to increase water and sewer rates again next year, it will consider a study that could shift much of the costs to the largest customers.

On Wednesday, the council will be asked to approve a contract with the Gary Fiske & Associates consulting firm to study the effects of a progressive water rate structure. The study is […]

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Portland area’s growth will require more water – and more money

Thursday, March 15, 2012, 5:49 PM By Eric Mortenson, The Oregonian

Water was on people’s minds Thursday, and not, for once, because it was raining.

About 30 water district managers, water law attorneys and other specialists gathered in Portland for a seventh annual seminar on water supply and management.

The messages: We’re going to need more water to handle growth. It’s going to cost a bunch. We need to coordinate and plan statewide, […]

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