It is the policy of the City of Portland through the Portland Water Bureau to provide clean, healthful, and plentiful water. Circumstances beyond the City's control, however, including weather conditions, natural catastrophe or the actions of others on the City's water supply system or sources may make it necessary to apportion the City's water. When a water shortage exists or is imminent or any other emergency arises or is imminent which threatens to disrupt or diminish the municipal water supply, the City may allocate water among users. In doing so, the City shall allocate water or curtail the use of water taking into account such issues as public health and safety, community economic conditions, the financial and operational needs of the water system, and existing wholesale contractual obligations. The Administrator of the Portland Water Bureau may, consistent with this section, adopt, amend, or rescind rules, procedures, and forms to establish a water allocation or curtailment program to be implemented in times of actual or imminent water shortage or emergency. Such rules shall be promulgated under the procedures described in City Code Section 21.24.080.
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