Update on of Big Creek Pump Station Overflow
Due to mechanical failure, the Big Creek Wastewater Pump Station located on Big Creek east of the Agate Beach Wayside on Oceanview Drive began overflowing into Big Creek beginning at 4:00 a.m. on December 18, and stopped overflowing at 9:00 a.m. that same day. The station began to overflow again beginning at 3:00 p.m. on December 18th and continued to overflow until 9:00 a.m. on December 19th. The initial failure was cause by a blockage which destroyed the check valve on the pump causing the 2nd overflow. Public Works crews were able to rebuild the check valve the morning of the 19th. Total amount of wastewater spilled is estimated to be 21,600 GAL.
Signs warning of the sewage overflows are posted at the affected areas and sampling is being conducted to determine when the water is safe for contact. Contact with water contaminated with bacteria can increase the risk of disease. Please avoid contact with these waterbodies until further notice.
The City has continued to have 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, and should be placed into service the last week of December. Construction on the 48th Street and Schooner Creek Pump Stations is estimated to begin in the fall of 2017.
Please contact the City of Newport Public Works at 541-574-3366 with any questions.