In last Wednesday's cover story on Mayor Sam Adams' finest moments, Corey Pein pointed out that the mayor's copious use of Twitter allows him to keep connected to the day-to-day concerns of constituents.
Adams put those Twitter skills to work this weekend in the face of catastrophe. Or maybe inconvenience. Anyway, Adams faced a boil-water notice after a Washington Park reservoir tested positive for E. coli.
On Saturday, Adams was tweeting about gun control when word came in from the water bureau: Something had probably pooped in the reservoir again, and the West Side needed to boil its drinking water.
To the Twittercave!
Using the hashtag #boilwaterpdx, Adams responded to people's questions, fears and jokes for more than 20 hours until the crisis passed. Here are Adams' 10 best Tweets from the emergency.
Adams: "ALERT RT @portlandwater Boil Water Notice Issued for Portland Water Customers West of Willamette River"
Q: "Should those of us on the East side of the river be boiling our water just to be safe?"
Adams: "No. Eastside water ok."
Q: "Should westside bubblers be disabled?"
Adams: "Being turned off. Do not drink from westside drinking fountains."
Q: "what about washing your hands??Showers??"
Adams: "Health Officer here says, 'yes,' but avoid getting in your mouth."
Q: "pets (stronger immune systems, shots for water born illness)?"
Adams: "Health Officer says healthy pets 'ok' to drink water unboiled."
Q: "So let me understand this, when you say eastside is ok do you mean eastside is ok? Or do u mean eastside is ok?"
Adams: "eastside is ok"
Adams: "FYI: photo inside Westside Emergency Operations Center. We only took ownership of it last Wednesday."
Q: "do I live over by 205 mall safe???"
Adams: "Yes, safe"
Q: "How long will it take to refill reservoir 3? Is it filled by rain? A stream?"
Adams: "@portlandwater ?" (For those of you not up on your Twitter protocol, this means he forwarded the question to the water bureau.)
Q: "find a way to keep birds from crapping in w. side water. Suggest: bird pampers giveaway or signs pointing east."