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Portland Water Bureau

From forest to faucet, we deliver the best drinking water in the world.

GENERAL INFORMATION: 503-823-7404

1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 600, Portland, OR 97204

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Tuesday Water Trivia

Crews installing new water mainWhen you turn on your facuet to pour a refreshing glass of cold water, do you ever stop to think about how that that water made it to your house?

From repairs to preventative maintenance, our crews are responsible for maining a vast and complicated underground system of pipes and mains that deliver hundreds of thousands of gallons of water to homes and businesses every day.

If the Portland Water Bureau stretched pipes end to end, to which city would it reach?

(A) Las Vegas
(B) Missoula
(C) Chicago

Answer:

(C) Chicago

More than 2,200 miles of pipe deliver water throughout the Portland metropolitan area. That's a lot of pipe that water rate payers maintain. Some mains are 100-years-old -- that's calling "aging infrastructure" in the bureau's budget discussions.

Learn more about our water system here.