Update on NW 48th Street Pump Station Overflows
On February 11, 2016, due to a mechanical failure of the temporary bypass pump, the City of Newport’s wastewater personnel observed 48th St. pump station spilling raw sewage into a creek at approximately 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM with an estimated spill of 600 gallons. The priming system on the temporary bypass pump had a broken weld on a rod/shaft that operated the priming mechanism so the pump could not pick up a prime, and the lone pump in the station could not keep up with the flow. A replacement temporary bypass pump was brought in to replace the broken pump and is online and functioning now. The sewage overflowed from the pump station into the creek, which flows across the beach and into the ocean. OERS was notified and samples will be taken to ensure fecal levels return to normal.
The 48th Street Pump Station is currently being served by a backup diesel pump while the main pumps are being rebuilt. One pump is already in place and the second should be reinstalled later this week or early next week. City crews are also arranging to have the debris pumped from the wet well to help reduce future plugging issues.
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.
Please contact the City of Newport Public Works at 541-574-3366 with any questions.