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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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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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Why Portland’s Water Hasn’t Gotten The Lead Out

by Tony Schick OPB/EarthFix |

April 9, 2016 In the mornings, Jeff Mastrandea waits a good 30 seconds after turning on his faucet. He also makes sure to drink from a filter. He does this because his water is sometimes laced with unsafe levels of lead. He wants to let any water with the toxic metal drain out before he takes a drink.

When the famously pure water from Portland’s Bull Run Watershed sits overnight in the copper plumbing of […]

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Lead in the water: Why Portland’s on wrong end of national list

By Brad Schmidt | The Oregonian/OregonLive

April 09, 2016 Among America’s 75 biggest water providers, only one has recently exceeded federal standards for elevated lead levels in the drinking water of high-risk homes.

And when Portland isn’t surpassing that benchmark, it hovers just below – with current testing showing the greatest lead levels among all large cities.

The Rose City’s poor position nationally is coming into sharp focus in the fallout over toxic lead levels exposed in Flint, Michigan. A […]

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Mt. Tabor reservoirs no longer providing water

December 18, 2015 Portland Tribune

by Jim Redden

The three reservoirs in Mount Tabor are now longer providing water to customers.

The disconnection work fulfills a commitment from the City Council to the US Environmental Protection Agency to stop supplying open reservoir water to by the end the year.

Although the commitment is controversial, the disconnection work in Mount Tabor has not been met with protests. In part that is because the Water Bureau and the Mt. Tabor Neighborhood Association […]

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Portland eyes $57 million project for earthquake-ready pipeline under Willamette River

Portland’s west side could have a water problem if — or when — the Big One hits.

The Bull Run watershed 26 miles east of downtown provides drinking water to nearly 1 million customers in the metro area, and that water crosses the Willamette River at six locations.

But the pipelines serving downtown Portland and the Washington Park reservoirs are an average of 77 years old. Two are buried in shallow and unstable soil in the riverbed. Two more 24-inch […]

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Deep Questions Arise Over Portland’s Corporate Water Takeover

A simmering water war is about to come to a boil over the fate of historic, well-loved public reservoirs in Portland, Oregon. At the heart of the controversy is a breakdown in public trust that reflects the dangers of corporate-led water privatization schemes in the United States and around the world.

In an emotionally charged public meeting on November 18, 2014, Portland residents bombarded two of their city commissioners with questions about what they believe is […]

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Portland Public Water District: Ballot Measure 26-156 trounced by nearly 3-to-1 margin

Neither rising bills nor improper government spending persuaded Portland voters to end the City Council’s control over water and sewer operations.

By a nearly 3-to-1 ratio, Portland voters Tuesday rejected a major overhaul of city government that would have created the Portland Public Water District and handed oversight and ratemaking to a new board of seven elected representatives, according to incomplete returns.

While the defeat of Ballot Measure 26-156 is a literal victory for Portland City […]

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Taking a Stand Against the Corporate Water Grab in Portland, Oregon

By Alley Blom and Julia DeGraw

Here at Food & Water Watch, we know that profit-driven motives often clash with providing clean, safe drinking water for the public. This is why in Portland we oppose the corporate-funded initiative that attempts to fix what’s not broken. Otherwise known as The Water District Initiative, this proposal would shift the regulatory power of our water and sewer systems to an elected water board, creating a new water district to govern our local […]

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