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Happy Earth Day!

By Lindsay Wochnick

Quarter Mile Pool, Upper Bull Run River

Portlanders have good reasons to celebrate!

Over the past ten years, our city’s population has grown by 18 percent—but the city’s total water use has decreased by 13 percent. Here are some ways you can be part of the trend:

Here are some ways the Portland Water Bureau works year-round to take care of natural resources:

  • We deliver most of the region's drinking water using a free and very efficient resource: gravity. When engineers designed Portland’s early water system in the 1890s, they designed pipelines to bring the water from Bull Run to Portland entirely by gravity.
  • As the water system delivers drinking water, it also produces clean energy. The Bull Run Dams and in-pipe turbines make use of the water moving through them, reducing the bureau’s net carbon footprint.
  • Because Portland's system relies on the Bull Run River for most of its water, there have been impacts to the fish populations native to the area. Through the Bull Run Water Supply Habitat Conservation Plan, the bureau works to protect fish species listed under the Endangered Species Act—Chinook and coho salmon, as well as steelhead trout—in the Bull Run and in the Sandy River Basin beyond.

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