Skip to Main Content View Text-Only

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


More Contact Info

Spring Forward to Water Efficiency

Spring is the perfect time to get your garden prepared for the dry summer months. 

Consider these tips from the Portland Water Bureau for improving your water efficiency this year.  

Magic of Mulch
Add two (2) inches of mulch to your garden beds to help retain moisture in the soil, suppress weeds, and encourage strong root systems. Some of the best mulches are composted yard debris and other organic materials. Learn more here.

Water Efficient Plants for the Willamette ValleyRight Plant, Right Place
Shopping for plants in the spring is a gardener’s joy. With so many beautiful choices, it can be overwhelming. One of the central tenets of water-wise landscaping is choosing the right plant for the right place. To help choose the right plants for your yard such as the examples above, request a copy of the excellent plant guide, Water Efficient Plants for the Willamette Valley. Call 503-823-4527 or e-mail

Planting and Maintaining Your Lawn
Nearly 30 percent of the water used in a single-family residence is used in the summer to water lawns. As a result, the Portland metropolitan area can use two to three times as much water in the summer months than in the winter months. Learn how to properly install and maintain your lawn, and keep it green and healthy with the appropriate amount of resources — fertilizer, water, and your time.

Irrigation Planning
How you choose to irrigate depends on your budget, the type of plants you have, and size of your landscape. Regardless of what you use to irrigate - a hose, drip, or automatic irrigation system - there are several best practices that are important to follow. The Water Bureau offers rebates for automatic irrigation system upgrades.

Sarah Murphy Santner
Water Conservation


Please review our Code of Conduct rules before posting a comment to this site. Your comment will be visible to site administrators only.

Submit a Comment
Name (optional)
E-mail (optional)
 Remember Info Yes   No
Spam Prevention In the Pacific Northwest, what state is Portland in?