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GENERAL INFORMATION: 503-823-7404
1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 600, Portland, OR 97204
Portland is fortunate to have two high-quality drinking water sources, the Bull Run Watershed and Columbia South Shore Well Field. The Portland Water Bureau works diligently to protect this essential resource and deliver drinking water to your tap that meets or surpasses all federal and state drinking water standards.
The Portland Water Bureau tests for more than 200 regulated and unregulated contaminants in our drinking water. We collect samples across the entire system, from source water at the Bull Run Watershed and Columbia South Shore Well Field, to in-town reservoirs and main water lines, to customer taps. Water quality testing allows us to monitor the effectiveness of disinfection and treatment to meet regulations to protect public health.
The Portland Water Bureau is required to meet both federal and state water quality regulations. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is responsible for establishing federal standards through the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). The Oregon Heath Authority (OHA) is responsible for setting the state standards through the Oregon Drinking Water Quality Act. The Portland Water Bureau is required to comply with these regulations and must routinely report water quality test results to the EPA, OHA, and the public.
Questions about your water quality or water pressure?
Contact the Water Line: 503-823-7525 or WBWaterLine@portlandoregon.gov (8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday-Friday)
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