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The Portland Water Bureau is considering two water treatment options after the EPA ruled the city must take steps to prevent further outbreaks of cryptosporidium in its Bull Run water supply: an ultraviolet water treatment center and a traditional water filtration center.

Oregon wants quick fix to high lead levels in Portland’s water

This past November, Portlanders got an urgent reminder that the city’s lead problem has persisted. Out of 104 homes sampled by the water bureau, 10% had lead levels higher than 21 parts per billion (or ppb) — the highest results the city has seen in two decades and well above the federal limit.

Oregon responds to an ‘alarming spike’ in COVID-19 cases

More than 10,000 new COVID-19 cases were reported Friday in Oregon. The latest modeling predicts cases from the omicron variant will peak in the state at the end of January with 30% more hospitalizations than during the spike from the delta variant.