We have never used lead pipes for the water mains or service lines, which delivers drinking water to your home plumbing.
It's National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week. The purpose of this week of action is to raise awareness of the potential risks associated with lead found in our environment—from the lead in paint to lead foundin household plumbing.
We care about the health of the families in our community. That’s why we are committed to help you limit your exposure to lead in drinking water.
What We’re Doing to Reduce Portlanders Exposure to Lead in Water
Water-related lead exposure in Portland is linked to lead in building plumbing and fixtures, not to lead in our water or distribution system.
In the 1980s through 2000s, we actively worked to identify and remove lead components in our system. By 1998, we removed all known lead pigtails (a short pipe connecting the water main to the service line), and by 2008 we replaced all large meters with lead components that served at-risk populations.
Today, we’re working on making improvements to Portland’s drinking water that will further reduce lead in water at your tap. The improvements are referred to as corrosion control and are scheduled to be in place by April, 2022.
Nov. 8 Community Water Forum
You’re invited to attend a Community Water Forum on the Bull Run Water treatment projects.
Date: Thursday, Nov. 8
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO), 10301 N.E. Glisan St.
At the forum you’ll have the opportunity to learn about improvements coming to Bull Run water (including corrosion control efforts), ask questions, and provide feedback to Water Bureau staff.
Get more information about the event here. We hope to see you there!