Portland looking at ways to rid its water of parasite – at a cost

Cryptosporidium. (CDC)

Your water bill could increase $2 to more than $10 as the Portland Water Bureau looks at how it is going to address the issue of contamination in the Bull Run reservoir.

The bureau met Tuesday and took public comment.

After several positive tests this year for the intestinal parasite cryptosporidium, federal law is requiring the city to treat its water.

The options range from a UV treatment system that would kill the parasite to a half-billion plant that would get rid of a lot more stuff.

Whichever option is eventually chosen, Portland water rates, and rates for other water districts that use Bull Run water, will go up.

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