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Few other cities in the world have water as pure and as well protected as Portland. For nearly 115 years, an ingenious, gravity-fed system has delivered mountain rainwater from an isolated river called the Bull Run. This program reveals the little-known but rich history of Portland's water supply.

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Bull Run

OPB | July 22, 2010 9 p.m.

Few other cities in the world have water as pure and as well-protected as Portland. For nearly 115 years, an ingenious, gravity-fed system has delivered mountain rainwater from an isolated river called the Bull Run. Yet the rich history of Portland’s water supply has unfolded largely unbeknownst to the people it serves.

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