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Portland Water Bureau

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

GENERAL INFORMATION: 503-823-7404

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

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What We Do

  • Large construction projects are typically planned at least a year in advance.

    Main repairs happen whenever and where ever they occur, often at night.

  • Water Quality Monitoring

    An active monitoring plan helps track water quality throughout the watershed and across town.

  • Commitment to Sustainable Operations

    The bureau integrates sustainability into its operations and tracks its carbon footprint every year.

  • Fish Habitat Restoration

    Coho fry collected from the Little Sandy River.

  • Columbia South Shore Well Field

    Groundwater is pumped from this facility to provide supplemental water to supply system, as needed.

  • Reservoir 2

    These two intake towers withdraw cool water from the reservoir during summer.

Portland's water system has been in place since 1895. While the system parts have grown throughout the years, many of the basics have stayed the same. Learn more about what it takes to to get water to your tap -- from forest to faucet!


Asset Management

Identifing the most cost-effective and efficient way to manage assets