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Portland Parks & Recreation continues drinking water testing

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All results from Charles Jordan Community Center test far below actionable levels

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POSTED JULY 20, 2016

(Portland, OR) –

All results from Charles Jordan Community Center test far below actionable levels

Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) is continuing testing that began in June 2016 at several of our properties as a voluntary precautionary measure. PP&R is adhering to the guidance put forward by Oregon Health Authority and the Environmental Protection Agency that lead in drinking water at schools and day cares should not exceed 20 parts per billion (ppb).


Working with our partners at Portland Water Bureau, PP&R is moving forward with testing at all PP&R facilities that host preschools, regardless of date of construction. This will total more than 20 sites. Because of the high number of samples to be collected at each facility, testing will likely take most of the summer to complete. PP&R’s focus continues to be on any likely prolonged drinking water access by children, as this testing moves forward.

Here is the full list of sites that will be tested this summer:



PDX Children's MuseumHillside Community CenterColumbia Pool
Multnomah Arts CenterMatt Dishman Community Center & PoolCommunity Music Center
Fulton Community CenterMontavilla Community Center & PoolInterstate Firehouse Cultural Center
Mt. Tabor AnnexPortland Tennis CenterSouthwest Community Center & Pool
Charles Jordan Community CenterSellwood Community CenterEast Portland Community Center & Pool
Woodstock Community CenterGrant Pool
St. John’s Racquet CenterCreston Pool
St. Johns Community CenterPier Pool
Mt. Scott Community Center & PoolWilson Pool*
Pennisula Park Community Center & PoolSellwood Pool
Laurelhurst Dance StudioBuckman Pool*

*pending coordination with PPS

On Monday, July 18, 2016, PP&R received results from testing at our Charles Jordan Community Center; results are posted here. All water tested below the threshold of 20 parts per billion (ppb).

Consistent with guidance from the Portland Water Bureau and the Environmental Protection Agency, samples were taken from fixtures commonly used for drinking or cooking.


PP&R will continue communicating about the test results directly to site patrons, and results will be posted on this website for all Portlanders to see: portlandoregon.gov/LeadInfo.

“We are working to ensure there are no ongoing issues with lead in drinking water at Portland Parks & Recreation facilities,” says PP&R Director Mike Abbaté. “And that any that we encounter are immediately addressed to protect public health, and then fully remediated. While test results to this point have been encouraging, overall, we strive to provide ‘Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland’. 

Multnomah County health authorities say they have conducted more than 15,000 blood tests over the last three years on children and teens. The County says that of those 15-thousand-plus tests, elevated blood lead levels were found in 190 of those people. No cases were traced to lead in drinking water from any source. 

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