Each quarter, the Portland Water Bureau and the Bureau of Environmental Services offer important information on rebates, payment options, drinking water quality, and water efficiency tips in printed inserts that accompany your sewer-stormwater-water bill.
In the March bill, customers will find an insert from the Portland Water Bureau’s Lead Hazard Reduction Program about lead in drinking water. The Lead Hazard Reduction Program focuses on providing information and tools to protect you and your family from the most common sources of lead. In Portland, lead in water is generally only a concern in a home with copper plumbing and lead solder. These tend to be homes that were built or plumbed between 1970 and 1985. However, the most common source of lead exposure is dust from lead-based paint in homes built before 1978.
Community partners around the Portland-area are supported by the program to help residents identify and reduce exposure to lead hazards. Resources from our community partners that are available to you include:
- FREE lead-in-water test kits for our customers
- FREE childhood blood lead level testing
- Lead poisoning prevention workshops
- Programs to reduce lead hazards in eligible homes
To learn more about these programs and about reducing lead exposure around your home, contact the Multnomah County Health Department LeadLine at 503-988-4000 or www.leadline.org.