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Nick Fish

Commissioner, City of Portland

phone: 503-823-3589

fax: 503-823-3596

1221 S.W. 4th, Room 240, Portland, OR 97204

Keep water meters clear of debris and guard dogs

Meter readers from the Portland Water Bureau (PWB) read your water meter to learn how much water your household consumes. 

Meters that are obstructed by objects – such as cars, trash cans, or even landscape - prevents meter readers from reading your meters.  The first time your meter is inaccessible, you will receive a friendly reminder in the mail.  By keeping your box clear, you can avoid unnecessary charges. 

The Portland Water Bureau offers tips to for easy access to your water meter:

  • Trim bushes and grass that cover your meter
  • Reduce plants on the path to your meter
  • Remove all branches hanging six feet or lower, above the meter
  • Let PWB know if you have a guard dog!

Check out PWB's website for more information and resources.