Even in a rainy climate like the Pacific Northwest, water is an extremely limited resource. Every time you turn on the tap, it takes energy to transport, use and treat water. Plus, conservation and careful water usage helps your organization save money and reduces the energy and chemicals used to treat plumbed water. Your sustainable practices help protect and manage our water supply future water demand.
The Portland Water Bureau offers small businesses customized technical assistance for reducing their water usage. Staff provide answers to questions, create a water-use history report, identify potential savings and provide an on-site evaluation of water using devices based on your specific needs. Or call 503-823-4527
Free Water Testing Kits
Any business can call the City of Portland Water Hotline to request a water testing kit to for their tap water. This kit will test for lead, copper and iron. The test is mailed to the business and returned via mail with a wait time of approx 4-6 weeks for results. Call 503-823-7525 to order
Decrease your water use by installing free faucet aerators in bathrooms and kitchens. Sustainability at Work will deliver them to your business at no cost.
Utility rate payers can receive up to a 100% discount on their on-site stormwater management charges. Businesses benefit by saving money as well as promoting cleaner water, healthy watersheds and more livable communities today and for future generations. Or call 503-823-1371
Cut Through the FOG shifts costs to the sources of FOG and food waste pollution and offers technical assistance and information to help Portland food service establishments meet requirements for reducing FOG and food waste discharges. Or call 503-823-7093
The Portland Bureau of Environmental Services offers a Community Watershed Stewardship grant up to $10,000 for projects that protect watershed health and educate, involve and engage community members. Or call 503-823-7917
Soil and Water Conservation District Grants
Access the many financial and technical assistance programs available from the Multnomah County Soil and Water Conservation District. Help reduce soil erosion, enhance water supplies, improve water quality, and reduce damages caused by floods and other natural disasters.
- East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District grants
- West Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District grants
An ecoroof is a light-weight, vegetated roof system that can double the life of a roof and reduce stormwater fees for Portland property owners. Of the nearly 300 ecoroofs in Portland, most are on commercial buildings. The Bureau of Environmental Services offers technical assistance and resources for property owners interested in an ecoroof.
The Portland Bureau of Environmental Services Stormwater Solutions Handbook is for anyone interested in managing stormwater on their property, planning or designing new construction projects or making changes to existing development.
A Green Street uses vegetation to manage stormwater runoff from the street, using it as a resource to grow plants and contribute to community livability. A Green Street project may be initiated by licensed professionals via the City of Portland’s public works permit process, or your business can request to be placed in the City’s database for possible consideration.
Businesses and community members can adopt a green street and partner with the city to provide care and maintenance.