City Hall Update: City answers questions about Salem's water
The Portland Water Bureau added a link to a series of frequently asked questions about the problems with Salem's water system last Tuesday.
Salem's water has been contaminated by toxins produced by algae in Detroit Lake, Salem's primary water source. The bureau says the type of algae that produces such toxins has never been detected in Bull Run Lake, the primary source of Portland's water.
If it was, the bureau would switch over the emergency groundwater wells along the Columbia River until the problem is solved, the bureau says.
The bureau is currently designing a filtration plant intended to remove cryptosporidium and other contaminants from Bull Run water. Officials say how it treats algae is a priority.
You can read the questions and answers at: tinyurl.com/y9jgbdfx.
Central City in Motion follow up
The Portland Bureau of Transportation unveiled a series of proposals to improve transit, freight traffic, and bike and pedestrian safety in the urban core as part of an online open house on Monday.
The proposals were generated in part by a previous online open house as part of PBOT's Central City in Motion project. They include removing parking and vehicle lanes downtown and in surrounding areas to create protected bike and pedestrian lanes.
PBOT has set aside $30 million to fund the projects, but additional revenue approved by the City Council may be required. A third online open house to help finalize the projects will be conducted this summer. The second online open house and additional information can be found at: centralcityinmotion.com
South Portland sextant created
The City Council approved a sixth directional of the city known as South Portland on Wednesday. It includes the South Waterfront neighborhood and some adjacent areas.
About 8 percent of Southwest Portland addresses are in the new sextant. Many of their addresses begin with a zero, creating confusion for 911 dispatchers, emergency responders, and mail and package deliveries.
Residents in the South Waterfront neighborhood and the Portland fire marshal pushed for the change. It will take about five years to implement it, beginning in 2020. About 10,000 Southwest Portland addresses will be changed to South Portland.