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It's That Time of Year: Drinking Water May Show Fall Colors

By Lindsay Wochnick

Portland Water Bureau customers may notice a slight change in the color of their drinking water.

At this time of the year this is normal for drinking water coming from the unfiltered Bull Run water supply system. The unusual tint in the water results from the first flush of organic material from vegetation that has been washed from the forest floor and stream channels.

The flush of these materials ends up in the drinking water reservoirs in the Bull Run watershed.

The Water Line gets calls every year about this time. The color only affects what the water looks like; taste and water quality continue to be outstanding.

The Water Bureau routinely monitors for all water quality standards. Portland’s drinking water continues to meet all state and federal requirements.

For more information, contact Portland Water Bureau's Water Quality Line at (503) 823-7525.

Lindsay Wochnick
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