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Bull Run Treatment Projects Overview
We are making two important improvements to Portland’s water supply from Bull Run. Both projects are required under state and federal law.
Improved Corrosion Control
We are making improvements to further reduce lead in drinking water levels at customer taps. No later than April 2022, we will have improved treatment facilities to make our water less corrosive to lead and other metals found in home and building plumbing in Portland.
What is Cryptosporidium?
The new filtration facility will remove Cryptosporidium and other potential contaminants from the Bull Run water supply, producing cleaner, safer water.
Benefits of Filtration
In addition to removing Cryptosporidium, filtration provides many other significant benefits to customers, including helping to address potential water quality impacts from fires or storms.
WIFIA Award Event Highlights
Highlights from the March 4, 2021 Bull Run Treatment Projects WIFIA Loan Award Recognition event, featuring Gov. Kate Brown, U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, EPA’s Acting Assistant Administrator for Water Radhika Fox, Mayor Wheeler, Commissioner Mingus Mapps, former Commissioner Amanda Fritz and our own Director Gabriel Solmer.
Filtration Pilot Project
We installed a miniature water treatment facility called a pilot plant at our Headworks facility to learn more about how to most effectively treat our unique water.
The filtration process presented at the OMSI Science Pub
Highlights from the Willamette Water Treatment Facility Tour
In November 2019, we toured the City of Wilsonville’s Willamette River Water Treatment Facility with the community and Bull Run Filtration Site Advisory Group members. Attendees checked out equipment and processes at work at a drinking water filtration facility.
Highlights from the Joint Water Commission Water Treatment Facility Tour
In February 2020, we toured the Joint Water Commission Water Treatment Facility with the community and Bull Run Filtration Site Advisory Group members. Attendees checked out equipment and processes at work at a drinking water filtration facility.
For Our Health
The Bull Run Treatment Projects underway are two significant improvements we’re making to further support and protect the health of everyone in our community: Improved Corrosion Control Treatment and Filtration. These projects are especially important to people with vulnerable immune systems including children, the elderly, and people who are pregnant or medically fragile. Learn more about steps we’re taking to protect against lead exposure and disease-causing microorganisms in our drinking water.
For Our Health with Commissioner Fritz
Commissioner Amanda Fritz was a former registered nurse prior to being elected to City Council and provides a unique perspective to her role overseeing the Water Bureau. “Water is the most basic need of life," says Commissioner Fritz "We need to make sure there is safe and plentiful water for generations to come.”
For Our Health with Dr. Vines
As the Multnomah County Health Officer and lead health officer for the Tri-County region, Dr. Jennifer Vines provides leadership on a range of public health issues. “Figuring out a system for clean, safe water 150 years ago was a huge public health win,” says Dr. Vines. “We can take clean water for granted in Portland, thanks to our highly protected Bull Run water source and water treatment.”
For Our Health with Dr. McKenzie and Dr. Patel
Both professionally and at home, Dr. McKenzie and Dr. Patel know how important it is to have clean water coming out of the tap. From the routine care of their patients to making sure their two kids are washing their hands, they understand having infrastructure that ensures we have safe and healthy water is key for public health. For their patients, their family, and the community.
For Our Health with Water Quality Manager, Yone Akagi
At the Portland Water Bureau our Water Quality team works diligently to ensure we deliver drinking water to your tap that meets or surpasses all federal and state drinking water standards. Water Quality Manager, Yone Akagi knows the importance of having safe and healthy drinking water. “The filtration project is going to have a lot of great public health benefits" says Akagi.
For Our Economy
The investments we're making in the Bull Run Treatment Projects create jobs today and will provide safe, reliable water infrastructure for our community members, businesses, and industries to thrive for generations to come.
For Our Economy with Fernando's Alegria
Water is essential to the diverse industries and businesses powering our local economy. Hear how Fernando Rodriquez relies on clean, safe water for everything from hand washing and kitchen sanitation to cooking up his unique twist on the delicious flavors of Mexico.
For Our Economy with Von Ebert Brewing and Wayfinder Beer
The improvements we’re making through the Bull Run Treatment Projects will ensure our water quality is more consistent, which is essential for our local craft brewers to keep churning out new and exciting beer. “Water is used for almost every single process for the brewing industry,” says local brewer Maddy McCarthy with Von Ebert Brewing. Consistent water is key to continuing to brew the ones customers love the most.
For Our Economy with Cecelia Huynh
Keeping water affordable while making key investments in our water system is a top priority at the Portland Water Bureau—and something our whole team takes to heart.
For Our Economy with Emerio Designs
Potable water is important to daily living standards and supporting the local economy. Investing in our infrastructure and water system ensures Portlanders will have a reliable, high-quality water source for years to come.
For Our Future with Kelly Kupcak
Building water infrastructure like the Bull Run Treatment Projects enables skilled tradeswomen to establish rewarding careers and contribute to improving the quality of life in our community.
For Our Future with Humberto Piedra-Ruiz
For Humberto Piedra-Ruiz, his work as a civil engineer for the Bull Run Treatment Projects is more than a job. It’s an opportunity to ensure access to clean, reliable water for his daughter and our whole community for generations to come.