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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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Recycle or properly dispose of used motor oil, grease and parts cleaners, and antifreeze.

Solid and hazardous waste laws prohibit land spreading of waste oil for dust or weed suppression. For more information, call Metro at 503-234-3000 or visit their website.

Check for leaking fluids from vehicles.

Clean up drips with an absorbent like kitty litter or sawdust and properly dispose of contaminated absorbent. Do not use water to wash spills since water percolates into the ground or discharges to storm drains in the street (which typically lead to streams and rivers). For details about disposal, call Metro at 503-234-3000 or visit their website.

Inventory your hazardous household products.

This includes thinners, solvents, oil based paints, stains and finishes, paint and finish preparation products, photographic chemicals, and art supplies. Store only what you’ll use; properly dispose of waste materials; and give extras to a neighbor for their use. Use less toxic alternatives whenever possible.