• Bull Run Lake - origin of our drinking water
  • Aerial view of Bull Run Lake and clear cuts
  • Construction of Reservoir 5 at Mount Tabor 1910
  • Reservoir 1 "Thumbelina" at Mount Tabor looking south
  • Construction of Reservoir 6 at Mount Tabor 1910
  • Reservoir 3 at Washington Park 2010
  • Bull Run Lake - Frank Dodge Island
  • Reservoirs 3&4 at Washington Park 1900

The Issues

– Resources –

– Precautionary Principle –

The 100 year public health history and the scientific benefits of the Bull Run drinking water system as it is today, blend together to support keeping the reservoirs open and not adding unnecessary treatment. The precautionary principle or precautionary approach to maintaining the public health of the Bull Run water system states: if an action or policy has a suspected risk of causing harm to the public or to the environment, in the absence of scientific consensus that the action or policy is harmful, the burden of proof that it is not harmful falls on those taking an act. The principle promotes social responsibility to protect the public from exposure to harm. This standard for public health was adopted by the City of Portland in 2006 as the Toxics Reduction Strategy. www.sehn.org/pdf/portland.pdf
If we do not obtain an EPA Safe Drinking Water Act Waiver exempting Portland from LT2, Radon, formaldehyde, and other toxic and carcinogenic chemicals will be knowingly introduced into our drinking water and ultimately our homes. We ask our elected officials take responsibility for citizens public health and safety the Portland City Council promised us in adopting this standard. Portland City Council has remained silent. Please contact Portland City Council members and tell them; we do not need added drinking water treatment and we want our open reservoirs to remain uncovered. We want an EPA Safe Drinking Water Act Waiver.