Senator Jeff Merkley, EPA Invites Portland Water Bureau to Apply for Up to $554 Million in Water Project Financing for Bull Run Filtration and Other Projects

On Oct. 22, US Senator Jeff Merkley announced that the Portland Water Bureau was invited to apply for up to $554 million in low-interest financing for drinking water infrastructure projects, including for the Bull Run Filtration Project. When selected for this important program, it will help us expand funding resources to maximize our financial investment while building a more resilient economy and keeping clean water flowing to almost a million Oregonians.
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Shake It! Shake It! This is How We Drop, Cover, and Hold

Every day we work to prepare our water system for a disaster like an earthquake. On Thursday, Oct. 17, we also prepared our workforce. We joined thousands of other Oregonians for the Great Oregon ShakeOut to practice how to drop, cover, and hold on in the event of an earthquake. Are you prepared for an emergency or natural disaster? Start with water.
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Stay Current on the Bull Run Filtration Project

As with any major capital infrastructure investment, there’s much underway with the Bull Run Filtration Project. We’re providing progress reports on early planning, updates to Portland City Council, and hosting regular meetings with the public Site Advisory Committee. Read the latest update on proposed options for funding and bookmark the project page.

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Video: Celebrating Latinx Heritage Month

Our work powers the daily lives of Portlanders by serving excellent water every minute of every day.

In October, we celebrated Latinx Heritage Month. We know from first-hand experience that our communities are made stronger when diverse voices are included and uplifted in our work. We recently met up with Fernando Rodriguez, owner of Fernando's Alegria food cart at the Portland Mercado, to hear his story.

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Video: Can You Imagine a Day Without Water?

On Oct. 23, we joined hundreds of organizations around the world to Imagine a Day Without Water. What comes to mind when you to reflect on a day, a week, or a month without this vital resource? Check out what fellow Portlanders had to say with this video.
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Learn: OPB Highlights What We’re Doing to Reduce Lead

We're building an improved corrosion control treatment facility to protect our customers from exposure to lead found in household plumbing. The new treatment plant will be in place by April 2022. “We put a lot of work and effort into educating our customers on lead in water and reducing exposure to lead,” said Scott Bradway, a member of our water quality team. “We should see those lead levels come down even further from where they are now.”
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Stewardship Saturday: Restoration planting at a pump station. Help plant native shrubs at a unique spot connected to the Big Four Corners Natural Area and home to a Columbia South Shore Well Field pump station. Be sure to dress for the weather and wear long sleeves, long pants, and sturdy shoes. Get more information.

2019 Fix-It Fairs. A Fix-It Fair is a free event with exhibits and workshops that cover topics including water and energy savings, recycling, home weatherization, and more. We'll be on hand with home water quality testing information and more! Plus, we’ll be hosting three public workshops. Get more information.
Our outreach efforts for the Bull Run Treatment Projects have made over 180,000 contacts. We're listening to our customers and we're hearing they most value water quality, best value, minimizing impacts to rural site neighbors, and reliable, consistent water.

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