GENERAL INFORMATION: 503-823-7404
1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 600, Portland, OR 97204
On March 14, 2012 OHA issued the Portland Water Bureau a ten-year variance from the federal drinking water rules requiring the treatment of Bull Run drinking water for Cryptosporidium. As a result of the variance the Portland Water Bureau does not currently treat for Cryptosporidium.
The treatment variance was issued in accordance with federal and state law.
As a condition of the variance, the Portland Water Bureau was required to conduct raw water monitoring for Cryptosporidium at least two days each week. As a result of Cryptosporidium detections in January 2017, the Portland Water Bureau was required to increase its monitoring to at least four days and a minimum of 250 liters per week to demonstrate whether the average Cryptosporidium concentration remains less than 0.075 oocysts per 1,000 liters over one year. Additional detections of Cryptosporidium in February and March demonstrated that the concentration of oocysts would not be below this level after one year.
On May 19, 2017 the Portland Water Bureau was informed by OHA that the variance is being revoked . This is the result of the recent detections of Cryptosporidium in January through March of 2017. The number of oocysts detected show that the Portland Water Bureau is no longer able to demonstrate an equivalent level of Cryptosporidium from untreated Bull Run water that would be expected with treatment. On August 1, the City of Portland requested a 90 day extension to engage stakeholders “in the development of the City’s compliance proposal.” In response OHA granted Portland a 60 day extension.
The revocation of the variance will now be effective by November 22, 2017, or on the date OHA signs a compliance schedule and interim measures agreement with the Portland Water Bureau. The Portland Water Bureau must also submit to OHA the following by October 11, 2017:
Until a compliance schedule and interim measures are agreed to, the Portland Water Bureau must sample, at the intake, at least 200 liters of water over at least 4 days per week and test for Cryptosporidium. The Portland Water Bureau must continue to comply with all other conditions in the variance order until the date the revocation is effective. The remaining relevant conditions of the variance include the following:
Reporting and Notification:
Results from the Raw Water Monitoring are posted on the Cryptosporidium Monitoring Results page.
Monitoring results from the intake, Bull Run tributaries and wildlife scat are summarized quarterly in the list of current projects in the Bull Run Watershed Management Unit.
OHA issued the treatment variance based on the Portland Water Bureau’s comprehensive LT2 Treatment Variance Request. The variance request was based on the results of a year-long water quality Sampling Plan and Study of Bull Run water and other supporting information.
More information on the basis for and requirements of the Water Bureau’s treatment variance are in the Final Order Issued by OHA Granting Portland's Treatment Variance.
Visit the Oregon Health Authority’s Bull Run Treatment Variance website for additional information.
Cryptosporidium Monitoring Results
June 6, 2011
Treatment Variance Watershed Inspection and Monitoring Plan
December 16, 2016