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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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Preparing for Your Tour

If you haven't signed up yet, here's how to sign up for a tour (registration is available in summer and early fall), or, if you’d like for us to let you know when we post future tour dates, sign up for our email list.

Photos of Bull Run

Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes. Weather in the watershed tends to be cooler and wetter than in the Portland area, so bring extra layers and prepare for rain. Much of your tour will take place inside a vehicle, but you will have opportunities to walk on rough trails and primitive roads.

Wear clean shoes or boots. To protect water quality, please clean your shoes before the tour. Sometimes shoes can transport fecal matter (from dogs, cats, cows, etc.) or seeds from invasive plants.

Bring enough food and drinks to last the entire day. Tour schedules do not allow time to stop for provisions. Youll have opportunities to refill your water bottle during the day.

Consider the restroom situation. Restrooms can be 2-3 hours apart. If limited restroom availability presents an issue for you, please contact us.

Bring official photo identification and a completed waiver form. For security, all participants must present a signed liability waiver, and adults (18 years and older) must provide identification. Participants under 18 years old must have the waiver signed by a guardian, but do not have to provide identification.

Consider your health. The tour area is remote. Water Bureau staff carry emergency radios and are trained in first aid; however, cell phones do not work and emergency care can be more than an hour away. If you know you may need medication (including over-the-counter drugs), please bring your own.

Read these guidelines about protecting the drinking water. We require that participants:

  • Refrain from smoking, vaping, or using e-cigarettes.
  • Do not touch the water or put anything in the water.
  • Use only the restroom facilities provided.
  • Take home any trash. Littering--or putting any foreign material on the land--is prohibited.
  • Stay with the group at all times.