Again Cryptosporidium was found in Bull Run Sample by Portland Water Bureau

PORTLAND – The Portland Water Bureau said on Monday that test samples from Portland’s Bull Run Watershed tested positive for Cryptosporidium. Officials said they found one of the potentially disease-causing bacteria in a 10-liter water taster collected previous week.


Officials said it is similar to low-level findings in September and from January to March. The bureau is still using the Bull Run Watershed as its main source of drinking water.


Back in 2012, the Oregon Health Authority granted Portland a change in treating the water for Cryptosporidium. The city argued they shouldn’t have to treat for a parasite that hadn’t been detected in the Bull Run water for nearly a decade.


The bureau was required to do systematic tests and report any Cryptosporidium to the public instead.


On January 2 the positive sample found was the first report of cryptosporidium since the City granted the variance, which is set to expire next month.


A direct quote from the Portland Water Bureau:

“Exposure to Cryptosporidium can cause cryptosporidiosis, a serious illness. Symptoms can include diarrhea, vomiting, fever and stomach pain. People with healthy immune systems recover without medical treatment. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), people with severely weakened immune systems are at risk for more serious disease. Symptoms may be more severe and could lead to serious or life-threatening illness. Examples of people with weakened immune systems include those with AIDS; those with inherited diseases that affect the immune system; and cancer and transplant patients who are taking certain immunosuppressive drugs.

EPA has estimated that a small percentage of the population could experience gastrointestinal illness from Cryptosporidium and advises that customers who are immunocompromised and receive their drinking water from the Bull Run Watershed consult with their healthcare professional about the safety of drinking the tap water. To learn if your drinking water comes from Bull Run, please contact your local drinking water provider”.


Intoxication and Speed are factors in Early Morning Fatal Crash in Portland

The police of Portland is investigating a fatal crash which occurred on Sunday in the 13400 block of Southeast Stark Street. Police told that a 21-year-old guy was found dead in a truck which crashed into an unoccupied office.

Police said that motorist died early on Sunday after crashing into an empty office building on Southeast Stark Street.

According to Portland police, the driver of a 2017 Toyota Tacoma truck was speeding north on Southeast 135th Avenue when he failed to negotiate a turn and crashed into a building in the 13400 block of Southeast Stark Street.


Firefighters who responded about 2 a.m. found a 21-year-old guy dead in the driver’s seat of the truck. It appears he died because of the impact of the crash.

According to a preliminary police investigation speed and intoxication contributed to the crash.

The building damaged was an unoccupied office attached to the Courtyard on Stark Apartments. No other wounds were reported. Police said they do not expect to release the name of the driver until an autopsy is done and his next of kin is notified.


Power Outage in Southeast Portland Closes Intersection and four-way Stop

Portland – On Wednesday morning an intersection and a four-way stop were shut down in Portland because of a power outage.

General Electric crews of Portland responded to the outage. While they made repairs police closed the intersection at Southeast Powell Boulevard and Southeast 112nd Avenue.

The four-way stop at Southeast 122nd Avenue and Southeast Holgate Boulevard were also closed.

This shut-downs are impacting TriMet buses-lines 9, 17 and 73. These buses use Southwest 136th Avenue to get around the closure.

To get people to Division so they can get closer to a bus heading into downtown TriMet is using a shuttle bus to drive from 136th Avenue to the closure at 122nd and Powell. It is supposed that the roads will return to their normal condition at about 9 a.m.

Portland General Electric crews responded to the outage and police closed the intersection at Southeast 112nd Avenue and Southeast Powell Boulevard while they made repairs.

PGE told that the outage is not related to a vehicle crash. They said a power line fell and they suppose to finish work in the territory at 7 a.m. and 10 a.m.

The outage affected 1,941 clients.

To avoid the closures Portland police recommend drivers use Southeast Division Street, Southeast Holgate Boulevard, Southeast 136th Avenue and Southeast 112th Avenue.