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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.

Customer Service: 503-823-7770


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In-town Field Trips

The Water Bureau offers opportunities for school groups to visit the Water Operations Facility, just north of Broadway. Activities typically include tap water testing in the Water Bureau’s water quality laboratory, and a visit to the Water Bureau’s meter shop, where students learn how to take apart, put together and test water meters.

  • A minimum of 3 to 4 hours is recommended for a visit by one class of 20-30 students. This does not include transportation time.
  • One class of students can be accommodated per day, grades 3-12
  • Public transportation can be used to arrive at the Water Bureau Operations Facility.
  • Tour opportunities are limited. Please allow a minimum of three weeks advance notice when scheduling a visit. Allowing advance notice does not guarantee availability of field trip opportunities.

 Contact Briggy Thomas, Education Program Manager, at 503-823-7407 to discuss possibilities.