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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Water Bureau

From forest to faucet, we deliver the best drinking water in the world.

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Construction Projects

The Portland Water Bureau works on construction and repair projects throughout the city.

See a crew in your neighborhood? They could be doing anything from installing new water service lines, to flushing out your existing line to ensure that your water is cold, clean, and constant!

You'll find that some of our projects are listed as Capital Improvement Projects.

What does that mean, anyway?

To ensure a sufficient, high quality water supply as well as efficient services, the Portland Water Bureau operates a Capital Improvement Program.

The Capital Improvement Program focuses on:

  • regulations and water system rehabilitation

  • replacement and response to development in the city

The Capital Improvement Program contains:

  • specific projects to be constructed in any given year

  • design and construction methods

  • project phasing sequencing 

  • implementation schedule

Capital Improvement Program projects are funded through the Water Construction Fund. Three major resources finance this fund: water sales, proceeds from revenue bond sales, and construction fund revenue (direct reimbursements, system development charges, and interest earnings).

Bull Run Treatment Projects

Over the next 10 years, the Portland Water Bureau will be making two major treatment changes to the Bull Run.

Bull Run Watershed

Projects in the Bull Run Watershed