Thursday, March 10, 2011

Public Utilities

A long time ago I posted some snapshots of different manhole covers found in Portland. I came upon this one recently. I wonder if it came from another city? It says "The  Bureau of Water Supply." Our local water company is the Portland Water District

I've never seen one of these opened  before. I wonder how often these are used for actual emergencies? I probably  wouldn't even think of using one of these during  an emergency.


  1. Many current day utilities started as smaller and more local companies that combined over the years in an attempt to gain economies of scale. This could easily have been a predecessor company.

  2. Wonder if it even works???
    Lee Ann

  3. Good call, Jack. That might be the case.

  4. These handsets are tested routinely and are connected directly to the fire or police in the area, most commonly the police.