Portlanders have good reasons to celebrate!
Over the past ten years, our city’s population has grown by 18 percent—but the city’s total water use has decreased by 13 percent. Here are some ways you can be part of the trend:
- As summer approaches, think about how you use water outdoors. Water-wise plants and watering practices help Portland extend its water supply through the summer, when rainfall is scarce.
- For a hands-on Earth Day activity, enlist your family to help figure out where you use the most water in your home. Portland Water Bureau customers can order a free Home Water Audit kit, and take advantage of rebates and incentives to help reduce water use.
- Save paper and fossil fuels by signing up to receive your sewer, stormwater, and water bill electronically.
Here are some ways the Portland Water Bureau works year-round to take care of natural resources:
- We deliver most of the region's drinking water using a free and very efficient resource: gravity. When engineers designed Portland’s early water system in the 1890s, they designed pipelines to bring the water from Bull Run to Portland entirely by gravity.
- As the water system delivers drinking water, it also produces clean energy. The Bull Run Dams and in-pipe turbines make use of the water moving through them, reducing the bureau’s net carbon footprint.
- Because Portland's system relies on the Bull Run River for most of its water, there have been impacts to the fish populations native to the area. Through the Bull Run Water Supply Habitat Conservation Plan, the bureau works to protect fish species listed under the Endangered Species Act—Chinook and coho salmon, as well as steelhead trout—in the Bull Run and in the Sandy River Basin beyond.