The Portland Water Bureau:
- Reduces corrosion of lead in plumbing by increasing the pH of the water. This pH adjustment has reduced lead in tap water by more than half.
- Removes known sources of lead from the system. All known lead service connections (pigtails) were removed from the system by 1998.
- Replaces large meters with lead components that serve water to at-risk populations. For more than ten years all replacement meters have been lead-free.
As part of our lead hazard reduction efforts, we provide resources through partnerships with community organizations and governmental agencies that conduct lead hazard reduction education and outreach services in the Portland-area. Grant application information is available here.