Water Quality Back to Safe in Schooner Creek/Siletz Bay
After testing the water quality in Schooner Creek/Siletz Bay daily since September 21st, the test result since Friday, September 28th to October 4th, has shown the fecal coliform numbers have dropped well below the requirements. This indicates that the amount of coliform in the water is acceptable. Oregon DEQ has now given the City the OK to allow access to the water.
Lincoln City is no longer warning people not to go into the water due to sewage contamination. The City is now removing the signs that warned people about going into the water.
The testing was the results of sewer spillage from a broken 24” pipe that ran under Schooner Creek. The leak was discovered on Friday, September 21st. The pipe was taken off-line on that Friday and is no longer spilling into the creek.
Wastewater flow to the Wastewater Treatment Plant since September 21st has been running through two 14” pipes that were recently installed to provide redundancy for the 24” pipe that broke. The two 14” new pipes where installed also to provide sufficient capacity to allow the existing 24” pipe to be removed from service for maintenance, cleaning, inspection and/or repair.