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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


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Preparing for Your School's Field Trip

Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes. Weather in the watershed tends to be cooler and wetter than in the Portland area, so bring extra layers and prepare for rain.

Wear clean shoes or boots. To protect water quality, please clean your shoes before the tour. Sometimes shoes can transport fecal matter (from dogs, cats, cows, etc.) or seeds from invasive plants.

Bring lunch and a water bottle. You can refill your water bottle during the field trip.

Consider the restroom situation. Restrooms can be up to 2 hours apart. If limited restroom availability presents an issue for you, please contact us (503-823-5351, or

Turn in your completed waiver form to your teacher.

  • If you're under 18, please have your parent or guardian fill it out. You do not need to show photo identification.
  • If you're 18 or over, bring your waiver and be prepared to show us photo identification.

Consider your health. The tour area is remote. Water Bureau staff carry emergency radios and are trained in first aid; however, cell phones do not work and emergency care can be more than an hour away. If you know you may need medication (including over-the-counter drugs), please bring your own.

Read these guidelines about protecting the drinking water. We require that participants:

  • Refrain from smoking, vaping, or using e-cigarettes.
  • Do not touch the water or put anything in the water.
  • Use only the restroom facilities provided.
  • Take home any trash. Littering--or putting any foreign material on the land--is prohibited.
  • Stay with the group at all times.

Watch our field trip video. (For better resolution, watch here.)