GENERAL INFORMATION: 503-823-7404
1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 600, Portland, OR 97204
Groundwater 101, a free workshop provided by the Portland Water Bureau and Columbia Slough Watershed Council, is from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19. The workshop teaches groundwater basics including local geology and hydrology, the role groundwater plays in our drinking water system, and what we can do to protect this important resource that lies beneath the cities of Portland, Gresham, and Fairview.
While the workshop is full, you may sign up to be added to our wait-list by clicking on the blue registration button online.
This interactive workshop is presented with a mix of hands-on and classroom-style teaching and is appropriate for adults and high school students aged 14 & up. Light refreshments will be provided. Pre-registration is required. After the workshop, interested participants are invited to take a guided tour of the Portland Water Bureau Groundwater Facility (approximate tour time - 30 minutes). Click here for more information.
The Portland Water Bureau is a proud sponsor of the City of Portland’s Fix-It Fairs.
A Fix-It Fair is a free event with exhibits and workshops that cover topics including water and energy savings, food and nutrition, recycling, home weatherization, gardening and growing food, yard care and composting, and transportation.
Attendees can also sign up for a free lead in water test kit, enjoy a free lunch, get free professional childcare, and enter to win hourly door prizes. Visit the Portland Water Bureau’s table to see a variety of water storage containers recommended in case of a disaster like a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake. You can also learn more about how the Portland Water Bureau is taking steps to prepare for a disaster.
Fix-It Fairs are presented by the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability with support from the Energy Trust of Oregon, Pacific Power, the Portland Water Bureau, and KUNP Univision.
Look for the Portland Water Bureau at the next Fix-It Fair, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 19 at Ron Russell Middle School, 3955 S.E. 112th Ave. in Portland.
For more information about Fix-It Fairs, visit www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/fif.
In honor of all active duty servicemembers, veterans and military spouses, Portland Water Bureau offices will be closed on Friday, Nov. 11. This includes both the Customer Service Call Center and the Customer Service Walk-In Service Center located on the first floor at 1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, Oregon. Offices will reopen on Monday, Nov. 14, 2016 at 8 a.m.
During the holiday, Water Bureau customers are invited to pay their bill in the following ways:
To report a water system emergency, contact the 24/7 Emergency Hotline at 503-823-4874. We thank you for your service.
Regional water providers in the Bull Run service area found elevated levels of lead in drinking water in some high-risk homes and buildings known to have lead in their pipes. These water samples are from 112 worst-case homes known to have lead solder. When more than 10 percent of these homes are above the action level it triggers an exceedance. In the most recent round of sampling 14 of these 112 homes were above the action level of 15ppb.
Lead is rarely found in Portland’s source water and has not been used in service lines. The major source of lead in tap water in Portland is the corrosive action of water on building plumbing components that contain lead, such as faucets and lead-based solder. However, by far the biggest sources of exposure to lead are from lead-based paint and lead-contaminated dust or soil.
More than 19,000 children have been tested for lead in Multnomah County in the past three years and only 184 were confirmed with elevated blood lead levels. None of these investigations identified water as the main source of exposure.
The Portland Water Bureau has been treating Bull Run drinking water to make it less corrosive by raising the pH of the water. This pH adjustment reduces lead in tap water up to 70 percent. The Portland Water Bureau is concluding a study to help determine what additional improvements can be made to minimize the corrosion of lead in household plumbing.
The following are some of the steps you can take to reduce your exposure to lead in your water including:
Customers are encouraged to contact the LeadLine at www.leadline.org or 503-988-4000 to learn more about reducing exposure to all sources of lead or to request a free lead in water test from participating providers.
Please click here for Frequently Asked Questions about the October 2016 exceedance of the Lead & Copper Rule.
Due to an opening in the weather, paving work will be occurring on SW Washington Way (in the Holocaust Memorial Area within Washington Park) on Monday, November 7 from approximately 9am-5pm. This schedule is tentative and may change. Neighbors who may typically exit the park on SW Washington Way will need to exit onto Burnside during the closure.
Vehicles will not be allowed to access Washington Way during the closure period. Barricades and signage will be in place. This closure is being performed by Portland Parks and Recreation.
For more information on the one-day closure, please contact Victor Sanders at Portland Parks & Recreation: