Your Water

Safe, reliable drinking water is a basic necessity of life. Boring Water District is proud to deliver water to more than 700 households on a daily basis.  It is important for our customers to understand where their water comes from and the efforts we take to provide this vital service to our community.

You can have confidence in the quality of your drinking water. Boring Water District consistently delivers water that meets or is better than all federal and state standards.  Boring Water District's Water Quality Report includes information about the testing we do for potential contaminants.

Testing Your Water

The quality and safety of your water is our number one priority. Boring Water District tests your water supply for approximately 200 contaminants. Testing includes all contaminants regulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), plus many unregulated contaminants. Sampling is conducted at various locations within the water District, each month.

To ensure that when you turn on your tap, your water meets this commitment, we constantly monitor the water by taking samples. Once these samples are taken, the testing process proceeds as follows:

  • Samples are refrigerated and taken to a certified testing lab. Boring Water District only contracts with laboratories that have been approved by the Oregon Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (ORELAP) to analyze drinking water standards.
  • The lab sends the test results directly to the District and the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) Drinking Water Program.
  • A Consumer Confidence Report (sampling results from the past year) is posted on our website (Water Quality Report) and a notice is sent to customers advising the availability of the report .

Each element has different regulations to adhere to. In an extremely rare occurrence that an element falls outside of the range, we will re-sample the water. If it still falls out of the range, we will take whatever action is necessary to rectify the situation and follow the proper notification procedures.

Water Source

Boring Water District's water comes from four deep wells in the area. There is a body of underground water in our area called the Deep Troutdale aquifer running roughly from Mt. Hood to the Columbia River.  We tap into this aquifer at about 500-600 feet underground.  The District's water is so pure, we are not required to chlorinate. 

The district has water rights to pump over 4,000 gallons a minute. Our current capacity is 1,300 gallons per minute. Unless there is an emergency such as a fire, the district's summer water demand peaks during the morning hours from 6:00 AM to 11:00 AM daily. During this time the reservoirs are drawn down to a pre-set point and then the wells begin to come online to keep up with the demand and replenish the reservoirs. All four wells can come online if the demand requires the water.

System Monitoring

Boring Water District's water system is monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our state-of-the-art telemetry system, sends data to the District's office computer, monitoring each site for reservoir and well usage, how long the well was pumped, how many gallons of water were delivered, the static level of the well, and how fast it recovered after use.  The District has taken a positive approach to monitoring our well use to insure that we don't have an adverse affect on the aquifer. If the monitors find anything wrong with any part of our system or any intrusions, an alarm alerts our District Manager of a problem, including nights and weekends.