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Portland Water Quality: Then & Now
Pioneers William Overton and Asa Lovejoy discovered the site for Portland on an 1840s canoe expedition. By 1862, residents recognized that private wells wouldn’t suffice to sustain the growing population. So, they established a system to pipe water to residents from Carruthers Creek, Balch Creek, and Willamette River. By 1886, waste from upstream factories and towns caused a pollution crisis. City planners set about creating a gravity-flow system from Bull Run River and the surrounding watershed, which would provide enough drinking water for years to come.
Once city officials had established an abundant source from the Bull Run River, they turned their attention to protecting the Portland water supply from contamination from the local logging industry. The Forest Reserve Act of 1891 was enacted to prohibit settlement in the 142,000-acre Bull Run National Forest, which surrounds The Bull Run River. In 1904, President Theodore Roosevelt signed into law the Bull Run Trespass Act to further protect the reserve and water supply.
Today, The Bull Run Watershed, located in the Mt. Hood National Forest, provides clean drinking water to a quarter of Oregon’s population. Portland groundwater supply provides drinking water from 25 active wells located in 3 different aquifers which can produce up to 80 million gallons of water per day.
According to a recent Portland Water Quality report, Portland drinking water undergoes a 3-step treatment process: 1) Chlorine, added for disinfection. 2) Ammonia, added to form chloramines, 3) Sodium hydroxide, added to increase pH of the water and reduce corrosion of plumbing materials.
The water from these sources travels through above ground pipes to concrete reservoirs and tanks throughout the city, some of which date from the early 1900s! The raw water from Bull Run Watershed is not filtered before distribution and has several naturally occurring contaminants, like sediment and bacteria, as well as the above-mentioned added contaminants like chlorine, ammonia, and sodium hydroxide.
Quench Water Coolers –
A Better Drinking Water System for Portland
Concerned about the chemicals and contaminants in your local Pittsburgh drinking water? We are too, and that’s why we’re here to help. Quench offers a full complement of water filtration and sanitization technologies to remove sediment, reduce chemical contaminants, including lead, and get rid of off-tastes and odors. Depending on your local water quality, your Quench Water Expert may recommend our NSF-certified carbon filtration, which works great for water with TDS (total dissolved solids) levels under 250 ppm (parts per million) or our NSF-certified reverse osmosis (RO) filtration, which is the gold standard for water with TDS levels over 250 ppm. By creating a customized water filtration solution and tailoring your installation and service needs for your business, we can guarantee that Quench office water coolers produce crisp, clean, great-tasting water – and at a fraction of the price of bottled water delivery services. Go bottle free with Quench and you will save time, money, and the environment, plus you will have better tasting and safer drinking water!
Quench Proudly Serves More Than 60,000 Customers Nationwide
I want to thank the team at Quench for the quick, professional installation of our new water system. You and your installation team made the process very simple and timely from start to finish. I highly recommend your product as an alternative to water bottles!
Nationwide Service with Local Presence
Quench’s dedicated customer team stands behind every installation. You’ll always find a well-trained, friendly human at the other end of the phone, and all service is performed by insured, certified Quench-badged technicians. Our customer service promise includes proactive preventive maintenance, filter changes, and all service and support. We worry about your drinking water, so you don’t have to.
Proudly providing businesses with clean, filtered drinking water in the greater Portland Metro Area, indulging Clackamas, Columbia, Multnomah, Washington, and Yamhill Counties in Oregon, and Clark and Skamania Counties in Washington.
Quench Filtration Solutions
For over 20 years, Quench has focused exclusively on providing businesses with the highest quality filtered water. This commitment to doing one thing well has made us the trusted water authority for over 50% of the Fortune 500. We offer the best bottleless water coolers, ice machines, sparkling water dispensers, and coffee brewers to fit any workplace. No matter your location, company size, or industry, we have a filtered water solution that is right for you!