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Portland, Oregon to reduce lead in drinking water

Why Rainwater Outperforms Groundwater

Elevated lead levels have been discovered in the drinking water of some of the homes in Portland, Oregon affecting water quality.  

Reservoirs facing Reduced Water Quality

Portland gets its drinking water from the Bull Run reservoirs, which have been determined to be naturally corrosive.  “Unfortunately, the majority of the reservoirs are facing water-quality degradation, due to complex pollutants originating from activities both in the catchment and inside the reservoir” (Water corrosivity of polluted reservoir and hydropower sustainability | Scientific Reports (

Portland Takes Action to Increase Water Quality:  

City officials sent a 12-page plan to state health regulators which lists short-term steps the bureau will take to reduce lead, while it builds a new treatment facility.  â€śBy April 2022, we will have our strongest tool yet to make drinking water safer for everyone, . . . our improved Corrosion Control Treatment Facility,” says Gabriel Solmer, Portland’s Water Bureau Director.  Bureau authorities are stepping up their timeline for the new facility and are meanwhile distributing free water filters, since tests revealed water lead levels were at the highest in two decades. 

Homes and buildings built or plumbed between 1970 and 1985 appear to be most at-risk. The water treatment facility will be the key element to accomplish the goal of lead reduction in Portland’s drinking water.

Additional Actions:

Additional Actions by the Water Bureau Include:  “Treating the drinking water to reduce lead and copper; offering free lead-in-water testing to  residential customers and childcare providers; increased education and outreach to customers through mailings to multifamily residences and all homes built between 1970-1985; actively managing drinking water in the distribution system to maintain the effectiveness of corrosion control treatment; and proactively partnering with the Oregon Health Authority and Multnomah County Health Department.”

Organika Rainwater’s Solution: 

Organika Rainwater circumvents the possibility of exposing people to contaminated water.  Our water is natural water that is “Organically Harvested.”  It is environmentally screened, and the rainwater is collected at “altitude” meaning it goes a distance above ground, away from any manmade, environmental toxins and contaminants). 

Organika Rainwater has perfected a catchment system, which surpasses standards for the strictest commercial distribution.  At Organika, we own the property where the rainwater is collected, so we know where the water comes from and how it is handled. 

All Organika’s production plants are in Texas and are licensed by the TCEQ (Texas Commission on Environmental Quality) water quality advisory.

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