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UPDATE 02/12/14 - Bubblers Again Serving up Bull Run Drinking Water Throughout the City

By Lindsay Wochnick

Benson BubblerUPDATE -- February 12, 2014
Bubblers Again Serving up Bull Run Drinking Water Throughout the City
With the weather warming up, Portland's iconic Benson Bubblers are being turned back on. Portlanders can once again get a refreshing drink when they want.


February 4, 2014 -- February 2014 Cold Snap Prompts Shutdown of Benson Bubblers
The Portland Water Bureau has turned off the city's Benson Bubbler drinking fountains due to forecasts of freezing temperatures and windy conditions, which could potentially cause safety hazards on sidewalks for pedestrians. Once temperatures warm up, the iconic Bubblers will be turned back on.

The Water Bureau reminds the public that freezing temperatures can challenge Portland's aging water system and household water pipes. Now is the time to identify where the water shut-off valve is located in your house. Most residential properties have a shut-off valve located near the hot water heater in the basement or garage.

Water is much more likely to freeze in household plumbing than at the water meter. If water is running from any faucet, the meter is not frozen. Learn more about why pipes freeze and what you can do to help prevent your plumbing from freezing

Lindsay Wochnick
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