GENERAL INFORMATION: 503-823-7404
1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 600, Portland, OR 97204
Here in the City of Portland, we are lucky to have some of the best tasting and easily accessible water in the world - just by turning on the tap!
Water is an important part of our daily lives and we use it for a wide variety of reasons. According to the United States Environmental Agency (EPA), the average American family of four uses roughly 400 gallons of water per day at home.
In Portland, an average family of four uses approximately 240 gallons of water per day, most of it occurring indoors.
Showers account for about 16.8 percent of the water used indoors and are typically the third-largest use of water in the average home.
According to a national study of residential water use, the average American shower uses roughly 17 gallons of water and lasts for around eight minutes. The average bath uses 24 gallons of water and accounts for roughly two percent of the water used indoors.
The Portland Water Bureau encourages citizens to take the time to learn how you can conserve water indoors and in turn, help save water, energy and money!
Click here to determine the amount of water your shower uses and the benefits of replacing your showerhead with a water-efficient one. Visit www.portlandoregon.gov/water/efficiency to learn more!
These free City of Portland events are designed to help you create a healthy home while saving you money and connecting you to helpful resources in your community. While you are there, don’t forget to visit the Portland Water Bureau’s table where our staff can advise you on ways to save water and lower your bill. Or take our class “Save Water, Save Money” at 11:00 am to learn about how to identify and fix leaks.
What you'll find at a Fix-It Fair
Ongoing exhibits and hourly workshops on topics such as:
2013-14 Fix-It Fair Season
Saturday, November 23, 2013
9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Saturday, January 25, 2014
9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Saturday, February 22, 2014
9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Download the brochure including workshop schedule for the upcoming Fix-It Fair. See you there!
Portland Water Bureau customers can get water efficiency information at any time by calling 503-823-4527. Visit us online at www.portlandoregon.gov/water/efficiency.
For the third year in a row, the Portland Water Bureau’s Engineering Services Group has published the Fiscal Year (FY) 2012-13 Capital Improvement Plan Annual Report (CIPAR).
The purpose of this report is to increase transparency and accountability, and provide current CIP project status details.
The report summarizes the Portland Water Bureau’s progress on its capital projects in the past fiscal year and lays the groundwork for upcoming budget discussions for continuing projects. The CIPAR contains “profiles” for all projects recording costs during FY 2012-13. Major projects with a total cost of more than $500,000 each have a single page profile of project scope, schedule, budget and recent photos.
The report compiles and reconciles multiple data sources including: SAP, AtTask, 903 Mains, GIS, Synergen and team knowledge. Similar to previous years, CIP Planning partnered with many colleagues from the Water Bureau's Administration, Finance and Support Services, and Resource Protection and Planning work groups to ensure data quality as well as a user-friendly presentation.
There is also a separate Appendix of smaller projects that fall below the $500,000 threshold.
Access the complete FY 2012-13 CIP Annual Report on the Water Bureau website at: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/water/CIPAR.
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As of 1:00 pm today, Wednesday November 20, 2013, the boil water notice for some 570 homes in Southwest Portland has been lifted. No contamination was detected following the unexpected loss of pressure, and the water is safe to drink.
After consulting with the Oregon Health Authority on Tuesday, November 19, 2013, the Portland Water Bureau issued a precautionary boil water notice to residents in an area near SW 30th Avenue and SW Vermont Street.
The notice responded to an unexpected loss of pressure following scheduled construction work in the area. Such notice is considered a conservative and proactive best management practice that alerts customers to an incident affecting the water system.
The City encouraged customers to boil their water as a precaution. While unlikely, a loss of pressure in the water system could have allowed contaminants to enter the system without being treated. Samples collected in the affected area showed no contamination.
We regret any inconvenience this incident caused. While the risk was low, a precautionary boil notice is a best practice designed to protect the health of drinking water customers.
Staff at the Portland Water Bureau’s Water Line, at 503-823-7525, is available to answer questions from members of the public.
The Environmental Protection Agency recently released a report on The Importance of Water to the U.S. Economy, November 2013. While recognizing that “…reliable information on the economic importance of water is, in many ways, elusive…” the report intends to supply decision-makers with the information necessary to guide decisions about the use and management of the nation’s water resources; and identifies other areas of research needed.
Portland Water Bureau customers may find some relevance to the information regarding drinking water supplies:
Read the full report here.