Benefits for our Health

We care about the health of the people and families we serve. The Bull Run Treatment Projects are long-term investments to protect public health and make our water even safer for everyone. Learn more about steps we’re taking to better protect against lead exposure and potential disease-causing microorganisms in our drinking water.

Watch the Video and Read the Blog

One Year, Many Accomplishments

To mark the end of the fiscal year, we prepared our Annual Report to Portland City Council to highlight significant activities and progress on the Bull Run Filtration Project, including moving from initial planning to the design phase for the filtration facility. 

Read the Bull Run Treatment Projects Annual Report

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Creating Opportunities for Equity Contractors 

Earlier this month, Portland City Council approved the $17,989,637 guaranteed maximum price from our Construction Manager/General Contractor, MWH Constructors Inc, to build improved corrosion control treatment that will make our water less corrosive to lead found in home and building plumbing. 

To help deliver on Portland’s equity and inclusion contracting policy, MWH is committing 26% of hard construction costs—more than $2 million—to firms certified by the state’s Certification Office for Business Inclusion and Diversity, and dedicating 31% of apprentice-level and 28% of journey-level labor hours to people of color and women in the construction industry. 
Read About the Improved Corrosion Control Project


Planning for new seismically resilient pipelines

We’re evaluating potential pipeline routes in east Multnomah County to connect the future filtration facility to our existing water system. We’re gathering community feedback to help identify preferred pipeline routes and will share that input with our pipeline designer this fall. 

Share your feedback: Pipeline Planning Progress Survey
Site Advisory Group Meeting - Facility Layout
At the next meeting, advisors will review perspective views for facility site layout concepts and discuss facility and site design progress. The meeting will be held through Zoom.
Date: August 13, 2020
Time: 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Please register to attend the meeting.The meeting video and materials will also be posted to the meeting webpage

About the Bull Run Treatment Projects

To comply with federal Safe Drinking Water Act regulations, the Portland Water Bureau (PWB) is building a water filtration facility, new pipelines, and an improved corrosion control treatment facility. The Bull Run Treatment Projects will provide consistent, high-quality drinking water that meets today’s water quality standards, help address aging infrastructure concerns and future risks and regulations, and improve system resilience to help keep our water safe and abundant for generations to come.

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