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Water Forum Brings Community, Future Plans Together

Water Bureau Community Water ForumNearly 30 people turned out for the Water Bureau’s Community Water Forum at the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization this month.

The forum focused on the Portland Water Bureau’s Bull Run Treatment Projects, and an upcoming Portland City Council decision setting where a treatment plant will be built, how big it will be, and how it will filter water for Portland.

The night’s attendees also learned more about the bureau’s financial assistance program, how Portland delivers water to Portland taps through its intricate system, and what people can do to prepare for emergencies. Free lead test kits were available for testing home pipes and plumbing.

Commissioner Fritz MC’ed the presentation and hosted a question and answer session.

“This forum was just one of many ways to stay involved as we plan for the future of Portland’s drinking water,” said Tony Andersen, the bureau’s strategic communications manager. “I was thrilled to see such a diverse turnout and inspired by the discussions I overheard. It was truly a room of engaged folks committed to Portland’s future.”   

The Portland City Council is scheduled to decide on recommendations for the location, size, and type of filtration treatment plan on December 12, 2018.

The Bull Run Treatment Projects are twofold, including the construction of a treatment facility for corrosion control—which works to reduce corrosion and lead leeching in home plumbing—scheduled to be online no later than 2022; and a filtration treatment plant for cryptosporidium, scheduled to be operating no later than 2027.

A number of interim measures for treating Bull Run water for both lead-in-water from home plumbing and cryptosporidium are in place during construction and project planning. 

Stay tuned for more ways to join the conversation and stay informed.