To Mayor, Councilors, Department Heads and to Newport Citizens…
A couple of quick updates for you. Overall, water production is keeping up with demand, with the Fish Processing Plants operating at a reduced level. Our demand for water is quite low compared to normal Fourth of July weekend. This, along with changes implemented at the water plant that allow a quicker turnaround time on cleaning filters, has helped improve production even with the plugging of the filters.
Industrial Water Users:
We are lifting restrictions on a temporary basis for our industrial users. We are reserving the right to reduce water usage if we cannot keep up with demand. We greatly appreciate the cooperation that we have had from Pacific Seafood, Borstein’s and Rogue.
Portable Sand Filtration System:
One unit arrived earlier today and the second unit should be here tonight. On Monday, crews will be connecting the mobile filters to the temporary water intake lines that have been installed with portable pumps on the lower dam. The connection locations were completed on Saturday so the treated water will enter the water treatment plant near the charcoal polishing filters. The treated water from the sand filters will go through the charcoal filters and be chlorinated as part of the treatment plant water production. The mobile filtration system should allow us to meet water demands while we sort out the reasons that we are having production issues due to the plugging of the filter membranes.
Water Conservation Measures:
Water Conservation Measures will remain in effect until further notice. Once the mobile sand filters are in place, the City will consider suspending these measures. The Water Emergency Declaration remains in effect until July 20.
We are expecting results from Pall Company’s lab on Tuesday to determine what is happening to these filters. We are waiting for these results before we make a decision to install the replacement filter modules that were received last week. It is important to understand what is plugging the filters before we can identify a solution to this problem.
Acting City Manager:
The second week of my furlough is scheduled to start on Monday. City Recorder/Special Projects Coordinator Peggy Hawker will be Acting City Manager this coming week. Peggy will continue to update you on the water emergency which will remain in effect. I will be available to alter my furlough if the water emergency requires my direct involvement this coming week.
I appreciate the efforts of staff working through the holiday weekend to prepare for the connection of the mobile filters to the water plant. This effort should give us the ability to meet demand while we are addressing the plant’s membrane filters.
Spencer R. Nebel
Newport City Manager