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Portland Water Bureau

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Free Lead-in-Water Testing

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The Portland Water Bureau provides free lead-in-water testing for all of its customers, including residents, childcare facilities, schools, and City-owned facilities

All water samples are analyzed by a lab which has been accredited by the State of Oregon, including the Portland Water Bureau Water Quality Lab. The State also provides a list of private labs that provides testing for lead.

Portland-area Residents

If you are a customer of one of the water providers below, you can order a free test kit from the LeadLine: 503-988-4000 or The test kit includes instructions, sample bottles, a postage-paid return envelope, and an information card that needs to be filled out by the customer and returned with the water sample. The LeadLine has an instructional video showing how to collect a water sample using your test kit.

Utilities with Free Lead-in-Water Testing
Burlington Water District Palatine Hill Water District Rockwood PUD
City of Gresham Pleasant Home Water District Tualatin Valley Water District
City of Tualatin Portland Water Bureau Valley View Water District
Lake Grove Water District Raleigh Water District  West Slope Water District

Childcare Facilities in Portland

In summer 2016, the Portland Water Bureau reached out to all childcare facilities in Portland to offer free lead-in-water testing. Both in-home and center-based childcare facilities in Portland can order free lead-in-water testing online or by calling the Water Line at 503-823-7525.

Public, Private, and Charter Schools in Portland

In June and July 2016, the Portland Water Bureau provided water sample analysis for Portland Public Schools. Also in summer 2016, the Portland Water Bureau contacted and offered technical assistance and free sample analysis to all public and private schools in the Portland Water Bureau service area. Schools can request free technical assistance and sample analysis by emailing or calling 503-823-4604.

City-Owned Facilities and Buildings

Starting in summer 2016, the Portland Water Bureau is systematically testing water at City-owned facilities and buildings. The City owns more than 423 facilities and testing them may take up to 2 years. Each site has been prioritized based on risk factors, including those primarily serving children, those that primarily serve the public, and those that were built or plumbed before 1985, when lead solder was banned. Results are posted on the Office of Management & Finance website