NEWS BRIEFS: Bull Run water returns to Gresham taps
Despite continued reports of a potentially disease-causing bacteria in the water, Bull Run water is returning to Gresham and some Fairview pipes.
Under normal conditions, Bull Run water supplies Gresham's hydrators all year round. That changed on Monday, Feb. 13, when the bureau swapped Bull Run water for well water from its Columbia South Shore Well Field, which is more expensive to pump out.
On Wednesday, March 15, the bureau reversed course again, returning to Bull Run water as its main supply. That said, it takes about two weeks for the water to hit thirsty consumers in Gresham.
"The first customers to see Bull Run water would most likely be in the Grant Butte pressure zone, since the bulk of water we purchase is at conduit connections in that zone," city spokeswoman Elizabeth Coffey explained in an interview.
The change in supply was caused after at least 14 samples of Bull Run water tested positive for cryptosporidium, a microorganism that can cause diarrhea in humans. The latest detection occurred on Sunday, March 12.
Water and public health officials insist the risk of anyone getting sick from drinking Bull Run water is extremely unlikely, although they advise people with compromised immune systems to consult with their doctors.
Reynolds district seeks contractors for projects
The Reynolds School District is having a meeting to brief potential contractors on possible work opportunities.
The meeting is from 3-5 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, at the Sunrise Center, 18901 E. Burnside St. Following voter approval of a $125 million bond in November, the district is replacing Fairview, Troutdale and Wilkes elementary schools and remodeling Reynolds High School. Every school is getting safety and security upgrades.
Construction will begin this spring and bid packages are out or coming out soon. The three construction teams for the projects — Skanska, Bremik and LCG Pence — will attend. For more information bit.ly/2mQM0bj. Register at bit.ly/2nSgHyI.
County seeks feedback on code-compliance program
Multnomah County is hosting a meeting to gather community feedback on the Land Use Planning Division's Code Compliance Program from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, at the Corbett Grange, 37492 Grange Hall Road, Corbett.
The goal of the meeting is to provide an overview of the existing compliance program and solicit feedback about the process.
Planning Director Mike Cerbone and some of his staff will provide an overview of the current code compliance process. They will answer questions and encourage feedback on what aspects work well, and which could be improved.