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The City of Portland has approximately 6,725 water customers.  Our Water Distribution Department maintains over 265 miles of underground water lines and 8 water storage tanks. The Water Treatment Plant treats the water; it is then released into the distribution lines. The water distribution crew maintains and repairs residential, commercial and industrial water meters.  Installs and maintain water mains, taps, meter boxes, hydrants, locates mains and valves, leak repairs, performs flow tests and pressure checks on water meters.  We also have a cross connection and backflow program to prevent contamination of our water system. This department is dispatched out when a customer calls in about water pressure issues, leaks and the connection or disconnection of services.