Don’t Drink the Water!

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

News Stories
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

Murmurs: Boil Orders and Obama Facsimiles

Cheaper and funnier than the real Obama.

Having failed to secure a sit-down interview with President Barack Obama during his quasi-flyover, in-and-out visit to Portland on July 24, WW is very pleased to have landed an interview instead with    More
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

Dr. Know: A Microorganism by Any Other Name...

What is cryptosporidium, anyway?

Dr. Know
What is cryptosporidium, anyway? I know it can turn up in water, but that’s about it. I asked a friend who works in public radio, and she said, “It’s a parasite. It eats your body.” That d   More
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Bruce of the Day: Tuesday, March 15

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011 Bruce

Aging Pipes And Sewers Vs. Tax on Soda and Soap

Here's a question: Would you pay a tax on soda, soap and toilet paper if you knew the money would go toward fixing "corroded pipes and overburdened sewer systems" nationwide? We ask because U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) is co-sponsoring a bill that would create an infrastructure fund to tackle those repairs. And the funding mechanism that Blumenauer and other sponsors want to tap in what ...   More
Thursday, July 16, 2009 HANK STERN

They're Not The Widmers. But They Oppose LT2, Too.

The Widmer Brothers are not the only businessmen in Portland criticizing a rule from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that will require costly upgrades to Portland's drinking-water system. Some of the city's commercial launderers -- the businesses that clean the tablecloths, napkins, hotel-room sheets, uniforms, bath towels and bar towels that Portlanders and their visitors use daily ...   More
Tuesday, July 28, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

In Surprise Twist, City Council Approves UV Not Filtration

Commissioner Randy Leonard offered an amendment this morning on the simmering LT2 debate, scuttling plans for a direct filtration plant in favor of one that uses UV technology to treat Portland's drinking water. "I can count to three," Leonard said acknowledging he did not have the votes for filtration. Filtration was estimated to cost $385 million not including the costs of borrowing. UV ...   More
Wednesday, July 29, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

While Portlanders Are Thinking About Water Safety ...

Water has been on Portlanders' minds almost as much as it's been in their mouths lately since last weekend's E. coli scare on the west side of town. And Tyesha Snow, a Portland resident, thought this might be a “good opportunity to see if Portland residents could take this fleeting moment of understanding and raise some money to get safe water to people who need it.” To back up her ...   More
Wednesday, December 2, 2009 Ari Phillips

Can’t Buy Plastic Water Bottles at University of Portland Anymore

Remember the good old days when you could buy plastic water bottles on campus? Well, no more at University of Portland starting on Feb. 1. UP will join about 20 schools “not selling or using” disposable plastic water bottles, with school officials saying it's all part of being a good environmental steward. Joe Kuffner, a UP spokesman, was quick to point out that plastic water ...   More
Tuesday, January 26, 2010 Ari Phillips

Diary of an Immigrant: Thank Your Lucky Stars for Wet Concrete and the Taco Lady

WW Presents another installment of our Australian music intern's diary of moving to Portland. Compiling this year's Best of Portland poll was a fascinating task for me. Newspapers and magazine articles about Portland always seem to focus on things like beer and bikes, but most locals seemed to have very different opinions about what makes their city great, and coming from such a very different perspective, ...   More
Monday, July 26, 2010 RUTH BROWN


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