Depoe Bay’s small water reservoir has been silting up for a while, which of course reduces the amount of water it can hold. Depoe Bay City Councilors this week were told there’s more work to be done on the reservoir than just digging out the bottom. Public Works Superintendent Brady Weidner said a big water release valve needs to be moved from its underwater location to the outside of the dam. Those two jobs will require the reservoir be emptied before the work can be done.
Therefore, the city will, for a time, have to switch over to Rocky Creek, south of town, as its sole source of water. Weidner hopes the September work schedule will be accompanied by the return of the coast’s heavier rainy season keeping Rock Rocky high enough to provide the town with normal water levels. If the rains don’t return it’ll cause quite a problem. Very tight water restrictions would have to be imposed. Weidner says he hopes that doesn’t happen, but it could. Either way the dam has to be worked on.
The council approved funds for the work with the added chore of doing something that no one would ever imagine was necessary – praying for rain on the Oregon Coast.