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Portlanders will pay more for their water after the City Council on Wednesday chose the most expensive option for a new treatment plant needed to meet state and federal rules.

Homeowners are expected to pay an average of $10.38 more per month over the next 16 years for the filtration treatment plant approved unanimously by […]

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State denies reconsideration for Lost Valley Farm

Despite concerns of water pollution and contamination, the agencies responsible for permitting a 30,000-cow dairy farm in Morrow County will not be reconsidering their decision.

Lost Valley Farm, located on a portion of what used to be the Boardman Tree Farm, was issued a controversial wastewater handling permit March 31 from the Oregon Department of Agriculture and Department of Environmental Quality, which together administer the state’s confined animal feeding operations, or CAFOs.

Opponents of the dairy filed what’s known as […]

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Cancer-Causing Contaminants Found in Oregon’s Water, Study Finds

When water flows out of the faucet and into a glass, it usually appears clean and healthful. A report released Wednesday, however, found hundreds of harmful contaminants across the American water supply that can cause cancer, developmental issues in children, problems in pregnancy, and other serious health conditions.

“There are chemicals that have been linked to cancer, for example, that are found above health-based limits, or health guidelines, in the water of more than 250 million Americans,” said Nneka Leiba, […]

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Protect our water: Oregonian Editorial

From its forested reservoir 25 miles east of Portland, the Bull Run system flows more than 200 million gallons of water daily into the city with minimal treatment and no filtration. It’s long been the only system in the nation that could make such a claim, a fact that’s been a point of […]

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Fukushima nuclear radiation poisoning world’s water, including fish from Oregon and British Columbia

March 27, 2017

Fukushima nuclear radiation POISONING world’s water, including fish from Oregon and British Columbia –Brits could be eating salmon and tuna containing nuclear radiation from the Fukushima disaster, according to a study. | 27 March 2017 | Salmon caught in the Pacific Ocean, which are imported [in the UK], were found to contain worrying amounts of radiation. Highly toxic Cesium-134, the nuclear fallout from Fukushima, was recently found in Tillamook Bay and Gold Beach, in the US state […]

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Portland Water Bureau will once again serve Bull Run water

Jessica Floum | The Oregonian/OregonLive By Jessica Floum | The Oregonian/OregonLive

on March 14, 2017 at 12:23 PM

Portland water customers will once again drink and bathe in the city’s famed Bull Run water starting Wednesday after detections of parasites have gone down.

The Portland Water Bureau said Tuesday it will switch back to delivering customers water from the near-pristine Bull Run Watershed on Wednesday after serving only groundwater for about a month.

The office switched to serving 100 percent […]

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DEQ faces lawsuit challenging outdated water pollution permits

Created on Wednesday, 08 March 2017 | Written by Steve Law Most state permits allowing discharges into Oregon waterways expired more than five years ago, petitioners claim Two Portland environmental groups filed suit in Multnomah County Circuit Court today against the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, challenging the legality of its water pollution permitting program in which most polluters are operating under expired permits. Petitioners say DEQ is allowing more than 75 percent of polluters to operate under expired permits.

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Portland Water Bureau changes approach to treating lead in water

By Jessica Floum | The Oregonian/OregonLive

February 26, 2017

The Portland Water Bureau will ask the City Council to try treating the area’s drinking water to reduce the amount of lead leaching from pipes, a recommendation that pivots from the city’s previous insistence such treatment was unnecessary.

Portland’s water from the Bull Run watershed has a low enough pH level that it can leach lead from old pipes and fixtures. Adding chemicals that don’t harm human health can make the […]

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Portland switching water source after potentially deadly parasite found

Created on Monday, 13 February 2017 | Written by Jim Redden | Print Beginning Monday, 100 percent of the city’s water will be coming from the Columbia South Shore Well Field. It is normally used as a second source of water in the summer months after the Bull Run reservoir is drawn down to reduce turbidity. PORTLAND TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO – Portland has switched its water source from the Bull Run reservoir to groundwater wells along the Columbia River. PORTLAND […]

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Portland finds parasite in drinking water, raising possible need for treatment plant

By Jessica Floum

February 06, 2017

Portland’s water bureau detected a trace amount of cryptosporidium parasite in a test of drinking water from the Bull Run watershed again Monday.

After four straight years not finding any cryptosporidium during weekly water samplings, the city has now detected the parasite four times this year, raising the specter that the city might have to build an expensive treatment plant.

This week’s finding does not raise immediate alarms for human health, officials said. The […]

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