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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Water Bureau

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Step Back in Time with These 3 Vintage Water Bureau Videos

 Take a look inside the Water Bureau video archives with three mini-documentaries from the 1950s, 1970s, and 1980s. Recently discovered in our video vault, each video takes you on a journey through the history of Portland’s water supply with a behind-the-scenes look how the Water Bureau has adapted to meet the needs of a growing population.


This mini-documentary about Portland’s drinking water giving you a first-hand look at how the Water Bureau viewed protecting and managing the Bull Run Watershed and how preparations for the region’s future water demands were evolving over 30 years ago.


The 1974 “The Bull Run Story” traces the unique history of Portland’s drinking water – from wells, creeks, and the Willamette River to today’s protected Bull Run Watershed in the Mount Hood National Forest.


Get a mid-century era look into the city’s most prized possession: the clean, crisp waters of the Bull Run Watershed. See how, in 1959, water starting in Bull Run made its way to faucets all across the Portland region and beyond.