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Here in Portland, we're fortunate: we rely more on rain than on snow; we have a great groundwater source we can use to augment the Bull Run supply; and we have a conservation-minded citizenry.
In the dry summer of 1915, the talk of Portland was also all about how people used water. This editorial from The Oregonian reveals that 100 years ago, the average Portlander used 112 gallons per day. It's a tough number to compare to today's because we're not sure how they did the math, but these days, the average Portlander uses 52 gallons a day at home. (If you include commercial and industrial use, Portlanders use 92 gallons per capita per day.)
Resource Protection & Planning Group