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Portland Water Bureau

From forest to faucet, we deliver the best drinking water in the world.


1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 600, Portland, OR 97204

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Benson Bubbler

In 1912, Simon Benson, a local businessman and philanthropist, donated $10,000 to the City of Portland to purchase and install 20 bronze drinking fountains, now known as Benson Bubblers.

Conduit 1

The construction of Conduit 1 in 1893, the first pipeline from Bull Run, was a project of mammoth proportions for engineers of the late nineteenth century.

Conduit 3

After being completed in 1925, Conduit 3 could deliver up to 75 MGD, equal to the combined capacity of the two existing conduits.

Dam 1

The consulting engineer for Dam 1’s design and construction was D.C. Henry, who later was a designer of the Hoover Dam. The dam took two years to build, close to 200 feet high, and cost nearly $3 million to complete.

Dam 2

Construction of Dam 2 in the Bull Run was completed in 1962. Dam 2 is a rockfill structure and more than 100 feet high