Notice of NW 48th Street and Schooner Creek Pump Station Overflows
Due to mechanical failure of one of the pumps in the NW 48th Street Wastewater Pump Station, located west of Highway 101 at NW 48th Street, the station began overflowing yesterday into the creek located at Lucky Gap and then into Big Creek.
One of motors for the two pumps failed completely and will need to be rebuilt. The other motor is also in poor condition and is not running at 100%. In order to fix the pump it was necessary to shut down the Schooner Creek Wastewater Pump Station at the end of NW 68th Street. Schooner Creek Pump Station is currently overflowing into the ocean. A temporary skid pump is being installed today to allow the pump station to operate while the failed motor is repaired.
Signs warning of the sewage overflows are posted at the affected areas. Contact with water contaminated with bacteria can increase the risk of disease. Please avoid contact with these waterbodies until further notice.
The City has been plagued with continued equipment and capacity problems with the sewer pump stations located at Big Creek, Schooner Creek, and NW 48th Street. Because these three pump stations pump from one to the other, a failure at one often creates a failure at the upstream stations.
In 2010 the City began a program to replace these three pumps stations, associated force mains, and gravity sewer pipes. This program, estimated to cost $9 million, began in 2014 with the construction of the force main for the Big Creek Pump Station. The construction on the Big Creek Pump Station began in the fall of 2015 and is currently under construction. Construction on the Schooner Creek Pump Station is estimated to begin in the summer/fall of 2016 with the remaining system beginning soon after.
Please contact the City of Newport Public Works at 541-574-3366 with any questions.