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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Water Bureau

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Developments in Water Quality

The technology exists today to detect more substances in drinking water, at lower levels, than ever before. As analytical methods improve, naturally occurring or man-made chemicals that previously have not been studied or detected in water are being found at minute levels in many of our nation’s lakes, rivers and streams.

The Portland Water Bureau is working to understand the occurrence of a number of these substances by conducting voluntary testing of its drinking water and participating in national research programs.

Additionally, the Portland Water Bureau is monitoring drinking water trends across the country to stay informed of new water quality issues. If any new issues do arise in the Portland Water Bureau system, more information and test results will be posted here.


In this section, you will find:

Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS)

Information and testing results for perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)

Monitoring for Unregulated Substances

Information and testing results for unregulated contaminants, including chlorate and hexavalent chromium.

Pharmaceutical & Personal Care Products

Information and testing results for medications & personal care product chemicals.

Cyanotoxins and Algae

How the Portland Water Bureau monitors for algae and cyanotoxins in the Bull Run