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Water Event Station (WES)

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Water Event Station


Take back the tap at your next event with Portland Water Bureau's Water Event Station (WES). WES is a portable water filling station that features five spigots to fill reusable water bottles at events.

How does WES work?
WES can be hooked directly to a hose bib within the Portland Water Bureau's service area. The water that flows from WES is the same water that flows from your kitchen tap.

How much water can a station dispense?
WES can dispense an unlimited volume of water because it’s connected to continuous-flow water sources. WES can refill over a thousand reusable water bottles per hour.

Does the WES service require electricity?
No electricity required – we’re all green!

Eligibility Requirements for Free Community Events  
Below are the eligibility requirements for the use of WES at free events (not designed for profit) open to all members of the community.

  • The event must serve 800 or more public members.
  • The event must be held within the Water Bureau's service area.
  • WES is available to be set up and taken down between the hours of 8 a.m. and 11 p.m.
  • The applicant must provide a 5×5 foot space for set-up and service of WES.
  • The applicant must be able to provide a water connection for the WES within a reasonable distance (100 feet or less) from where the WES will be located.
  • The application for use of the WES must be received at a minimum 30 days prior to the event.
  • The applicant is responsible for the safety of the WES while it is at the event.
  • The Portland Water Bureau will not provide cups or bottles.
  • WES is reserved on a first-come, first-serve basis and is available at the discretion of the Portland Water Bureau.

Eligibility Requirements for Paid Events
Use of WES during for-profit or private events will require a security deposit, flat fee for cost of water, and the cost of staff time. 

  • The event must be held within the Water Bureau's service area.
  • WES is available to be setup and taken down between the hours of 8 a.m. and 11 p.m.
  • The applicant must provide a 5×5 foot space for set-up and service of WES.
  • The applicant must be able to provide a water connection for the WES within a reasonable distance (100 feet or less) from where the WES will be located.
  • The application for use of the WES must be received at a minimum 30 days prior to the event.
  • The applicant is responsible for the safety of the WES while it is at the event.
  • The applicant will be responsible for paying a security deposit.
  • The applicant will be responsible for paying a flat fee for the cost of water ($25).
  • The applicant will be responsible for paying the cost of staff time ($500).
  • WES is reserved on a first-come, first-serve basis and is available at the discretion of the Portland Water Bureau.

How do I reserve WES?
WES is reserved on a first-come, first-serve basis. Begin by filling out a WES application either online or by paper. Applicants will be notified within two weeks of the receipt of the application if your event has been approved. Please submit your application at least 30 days prior to your requested event.

What do I need to provide while WES is at my event?
WES must be monitored by a representative of your group while in use at your event. An applicant can be held responsible for any intentional or non-intentional damage while in your care.

Applicants may also provide any desired water vessel, such as compostable/recyclable cups or refillable water bottles.

Questions?
For questions or assistance in determining eligibility of an event, contact the Water Bureau Public Office Support at 503-823-7432 or by e-mail


WES Paper Application

Updated: May 24, 2016