Portland Water Bureau Chief David Shaff is Retiring


Portland Water Bureau director David Shaff, who oversaw controversial spending and successfully defended the city's utilities from a coup by business customers, is retiring.Shaff announced his departure, planned for this summer, in an email to Portland City Council this morning. "I cannot describe how proud I am to have worked for the Portland Water Bureau these past ten years," Shaff writes. "While ...   More
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 AARON MESH

City Commissioner Nick Fish Asks for Independent Review of Portland Water Bureau's Rainy-Day Fund


City Commissioner Nick Fish says he will ask for an independent review of the Portland Water Bureau's use of a reserve fund that could lower utility rates. WW reported Wednesday morning how that "rate stabilization fund" grew to $32 million over the past five years, even though Water Bureau sales to customers were in decline. (Such funds are often used to lower rates when water sales don't meet projections.) ...   More
Thursday, September 18, 2014 AARON MESH

Hotseat: Nick Fish

The City Commissioner rails against what he calls a takeover of the city’s water system.

City Commissioner Nick Fish is in hot water. And by the standards of this usually placid lawyer, he’s boiling mad. Fish, who’s up for re-election, is fighting a second battle on the May ballot   More
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS , AARON MESH

Million-Dollar Water Park

A visitors’ center and caretaker’s house soak ratepayers for $1.1 million at a new underground reservoir.

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Kevin Duff has a view any Portlander would envy—and one that’s warming up the already heated battle over the future of the city’s Water Bureau.   On a clear morning, Duff can sit on   More
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 AARON MESH

Neighbors Furious Water Bureau Selling Multnomah Village Land for Infill Housing


The Portland Water Bureau has been deluged with angry ratepayers fomenting a coup over high utility bills. Now the bureau is taking more heat—for selling unused land in an effort to lower rates.Members of the Multnomah Neighborhood Association want the city to cancel the sale of three-quarters of an acre around a decommissioned water tank in the 8700 block of Southwest 42nd Avenue. As WW first ...   More
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 by Aaron Mesh

Hydro Clogs

An inventory of items found in the Mount Tabor reservoirs in the past five years.

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It’s not merely activists who occupy the city’s reservoirs.  The scenic pools on Mount Tabor and in Washington Park are home to other items as well. Ducks, mostly, floating on the city�   More
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 AARON MESH

Portland Water Bureau Warns of Water Theft


Forget gas siphoning—there's a new wave of scofflaws hosing off another valuable resource: your water.The Portland Water Bureau issued a warning Wednesday warning of the dangers of exposed exterior water spigots. It says the culprits are usually squatters and adds senior citizens are often targets. Tim Hall, spokesman for the water bureau tells WW he received a call from a woman who spotted people ...   More
Thursday, August 22, 2013 EMILY SCHIOLA

Running For Covers

Commissioner Amanda Fritz now wants to protect the city’s reservoirs with plastic.

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City Commissioner Amanda Fritz is shopping for pool covers.  Fritz has been making the rounds at City Hall pushing a plan to install plastic floating “membrane” covers to protect Portla   More
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Don’t Drink the Water!

If you did, you’d know what a crazy, panicked overreaction we had to the latest contamination scare.

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On July 21, Multnomah County and city officials warned Portlanders that their drinking water had tested positive for E. coli...   More
Wednesday, August 1, 2012 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

City Hall: Water Bureau to Accept Responsibility for New Fountains

Teachers Fountain at Director Park in Portland

Among the small-ticket items in the Portland Water Bureau's budget that tick off grumpy ratepayers are the city's many decorative fountains, which the Water Bureau has maintained under a longstanding agreement with city parks officials.That cost to ratepayers is such a frequent source of grumbling, it rated a mention in Auditor LaVonne Griffin-Valade's recent report on how ratepayer dollars are spent ...   More
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 BETH SLOVIC


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