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The City of Portland, Oregon

Nick Fish (In Memoriam)

City of Portland Commissioner

phone: 503-823-3589


1221 S.W. 4th, Room 240, Portland, OR 97204

Portland’s abundant water supply

April 6, 2015

Water has been in the news a lot, lately. California is experiencing a record drought, which has led to the state’s first-ever mandatory restrictions on water use.  

Portlanders are very fortunate – we have an abundant water supply thanks to our visionary Bull Run Watershed. The Portland Water Bureau does not anticipate any water restrictions now or into this summer.     

The Bull Run Watershed is Portland’s primary source for drinking water. Rather than a snowpack, our watershed supply comes from rain. Though the Bull Run at the base of Mt. Hood, this year’s low snowpack won’t affect our water supply. The spring rains of April, May, and June will have a much greater influence on our summer water supply. 

The Bull Run reservoirs are currently stocked full of pristine water, as is the Columbia South Shore Well Field, our secondary water source.

The Portland Water Bureau carefully monitors water levels, weather forecasts, and water use patterns throughout the year. They ensure that we have adequate, clean water well into the hot summer months. 

While we’re lucky to have plenty of water, it’s always a good idea to conserve water when possible. Check out the Portland Water Bureau’s website for water efficiency tips. 

California governor imposes mandatory water restrictions as drought worsens

The Associated Press in The Oregonian