Portland Water crews will begin turning off the city's Benson Bubbler drinking fountains today because of the predicted cold and wind. When the two elements combine, they can create a hazardous icy patch around the bubblers.
Three Bubblers will be left on for use by those depending on them as a drinking water source.
- One at NW 6th Ave. and W. Burnside St.
- One at Tom McCall Waterfront Park near the west end of the Steel Bridge
- One under the Burnside Bridge on the eastbound MAX platform
To see a map of bubbler locations, visit www.portlandoregon.gov/water/bensonbubblers.
It typically takes four crews approximately six hours to shut off the bubblers by hand. With less staff available today we will be phasing the shutoff with the goal of having all bubblers (except for three) shut off by end of day Thursday.
With low temperatures in the forecast, the current plan is to leave the bubblers off through February.
Report Cold Weather Water Emergencies
Main breaks, service leaks, and frozen water meters can also occur because of cold weather. If you observe running water in the street, believe you are not receiving water from your meter, or experience an urgent water problem, please contact the Portland Water Bureau's 24/7 Emergency Hotline at 503‐823‐4874.
For more information on the Benson Bubblers, visit www.portlandoregon.gov/water/bensonbubblers.