From Newport City Manager Spencer Nebel:
I have some relatively good news to report on water production and storage. The quick flush and cleaning of the water modules is allowing us to keep up with usage. The filters are still plugging fairly quickly and we are not sure that we can sustain full production without the portable sand filtration units. The quicker cleaning has allowed us to catch up on production with the seafood plants not operating until Friday on a limited basis. It also seems that with water conservation and less visitors than usage, our water demand is down from a normal Fourth.
Operation of Industrial Water Users
On Thursday evening we notified industrial users that they may begin using a limited amount of water for fish processing. We are now allowing Pacific Seafood to expand their water usage by an additional 300 GPM per their request this afternoon. We will make a determination about going into full production on Sunday evening. We are allowing Bornstein’s to operate and have notified Rogue that they may begin operations.
Portable Filtration Units
Public Works Crews and Emory and Sons have completed work on the intakes, valves and connections to the water treatment plant. We are ready to connect these units to the water treatment plant. We were originally told that the units would be here today. For reasons unknown to us the arrival times are now Sunday morning. Because of the timing and the public works crews have been working extended days through today, it is now our intent to physically connect these units to the new intake lines and the plant on Monday morning, provided that the units arrive tomorrow. We had never planned on operating the units until Monday, so this does not dramatically impact our original schedule.
Lab Testing of the Filter Module
The filter will be analyzed in the lab of the filter manufacturer, Pall, beginning on Monday. We expect that we will have initial results on Tuesday from the testing. Pall had a person on site for six days to assist with trouble shooting and analysis of our situation.
Installation of new Membrane Filters
The Filters have been delivered to the Water Treatment Plant. We are holding off on installation until after the testing is completed on the module that was sent to Pall’s lab in New York.
Overall, we are in much better position today than we were on Monday. There has been a lot of cooperation and collaboration to get us to this point. The Emergency Declaration is still in effect and we have notified users that may need to have them reduce operations if things do not continue on their current path. We should be in a much stronger position once the portable sand filters are in place. I will provide an update to this report on Sunday evening.
Spencer R. Nebel,
City Manager, 541-574-0601