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Information about joining the Portland Utility Board

 We expect to open a recruitment in the next several months. 

Serving on the Portland Utility Board (PUB) is a unique opportunity to give community voice, perspective, and influence the budget and policy decisions of the Portland Water Bureau, Bureau of Environmental Services, and City Council.

You’ll have the opportunity to gain knowledge about the inner workings of the Portland Water Bureau and the Bureau of Environmental Services; the policy and budget issues related to water, sewer, and utilities; and how City government works. You’ll have the chance to use and develop your skills and experience working on a collaborative board and presenting recommendations to bureau leadership and elected officials.


About the Portland Utility Board

The Portland Utility Board’s purpose is to provide community oversight to the Portland Water Bureau and Bureau of Environmental Services and advise City Council on behalf of the people of Portland on matters related to water, sewer, storm water, and watershed services. 

Some of the important work we’ve recently done includes providing feedback on the Bull Run Filtration project and supporting and recommending improvements to the Financial Assistance Program.

The Board is composed of 11 voting members who serve three-year terms and three ex officio nonvoting members from the Bureau of Environmental Services and the Portland Water Bureau who serve one-year terms. The ex officio members contribute additional technical knowledge to the board. One voting member is reserved for a current employee of the Bureaus of Environmental Services or the Portland Water Bureau who is in a represented bargaining unit (union). Board members are appointed by the Mayor in consultation with the Commissioners-in-Charge. The Mayor and Council strive to have the Portland Utility Board reflect the diversity of Portland.


Interested? Questions?

Please contact the Portland Utility Board at 503-823-1810,