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Each year, the Portland Water Bureau develops a Seasonal Water Supply Augmentation and Contingency Plan. This plan evaluates the availability of water from the Bull Run and groundwater sources, projected weather forecasts, and water demands to guide management of the drinking water system. Between careful management and the region’s strong conservation efforts, the Water Bureau is prepared to meet the range of potential supply and demand conditions that could occur in the Portland water system this season.
The dry spring weather and periods of above average temperatures has resulted in an unusually early start to reservoir drawdown for 2019. The Portland Water Bureau will continue to monitor weather forecasts and supply conditions to make the necessary decisions to ensure there is sufficient water to meet customer needs.
July 11, 2019 Update: The dry spring weather resulted in an unusually early start to reservoir drawdown in 2019. The early start to drawdown along with available long-term weather forecasts predicting a dry summer has resulted in the Portland Water Bureau supplementing the Bull Run drinking water supply with groundwater from the Columbia South Shore Well Field at an approximate blend of 25-35% groundwater to Bull Run.
The graph below shows the usable storage in the Bull Run reservoirs for 2019 (blue) compared to the average level (green), and 2015 (yellow) and 2018 (orange), recent hot dry summers.
July 11, 2019
July 9, 2019
July 9, 2019
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