EMERGENCY NEWPORT WATER RESTRICTIONS STILL IN EFFECT!!
The City of Newport Water Treatment Plant has been having difficulty meeting water demand, and the city has reached a point where it is necessary to enact STRICT water use restrictions. They include:
- Use of irrigation systems for lawns, gardens, and landscaping is prohibited. ONLY hand-watering is allowed.
- Outdoor washing of equipment, vehicles, pavement, or other facilities is prohibited unless required for public health or safety.
- Filling pools and spas (hot tubs) is prohibited.
- Use of water fountains is prohibited.
- Irrigation of public lands is prohibited.
- Flushing of water lines and firefighting drills are prohibited.
- Hotels/motels, restaurants, gyms, and similar businesses must post notices of mandatory conservation measures.
- Commercial laundry should be consolidated and delayed to the extent possible.
- All residents and businesses are required to fully participate in curtailing water use according to the provisions noted above.
These water restrictions are due to unplanned repairs that affect the City of Newport Water Treatment Plant. City staff is working with the Pall Corporation, manufacturer of the filters utilized at the Water Treatment Plant, and engineers from HDR Engineering, which is the firm that designed the plant.
Staff has been working and monitoring the plant around the clock. The filter cleaning measures that were utilized did not produce the anticipated results. Because the problem has yet to be identified, the city cannot meet its water demand for normal usage at this time. As a result of this, all residents and businesses are required to adhere to these water restrictions. Major water users such as fish processing plants have had to cease operation until the problem is resolved. This is an evolving situation.
The City of Newport thanks its residents and businesses for working together to resolve this very serious problem