As Portlanders, we know how lucky we are to have such high-quality drinking water. Some people are so inspired by our water, they sing about it!
Christie Milligan, a Portland State University senior, produced a song about our water supply for her Senior Capstone Project. Her fiancée and daughter lent their wonderful singing voices for the song.
Christie’s song highlights the visionary Bull Run Watershed – the source of Portland’s drinking water. It was established in 1895, back when Oregon could still be considered the Wild West. Today, Bull Run provides nearly 1 million Oregonians with pristine drinking water. Located in the Mount Hood National Forest, the watershed holds nearly 19 billion gallons of water.
Because water from the Bull Run is naturally so pure, the Portland Water Bureau only lightly treats it before it enters our homes – that’s definitely worth singing about!