Several positive things, related to problems at the city’s Water Treatment Plant, occurred over the past week. First of all, the Plant has been able to meet current water demand.
Secondly, the fish processors, Pacific Seafood and Bornstein, have been advised that they can operate their plants at full production. It is expected that the processing of hake and shrimp will occur tomorrow, and that both Bornstein and Pacific Seafood will be working. These businesses are aware that the city may need them to reduce or halt production if something critical occurs again. The goal is that this not happen, and city staff is working hard to ensure sufficient water to meet the daily water needs, including fish processing.
On Sunday, both of the temporary water production trailers arrived in Newport. One is nearly ready to operate, but both are expected to be operational by the end of tomorrow – July 7, 2020.
As you know, a piece of one of the membrane filters from the Water Treatment Plant was sent to the Pall Corporation in New York. That arrived today. Pall will perform a forensic evaluation of the filter, and should have some preliminary results later this week. The full analysis could take several weeks.
The membrane replacements, from the Pall Corporation, arrived last week. These may likely not be installed until the forensic evaluation of the filter determines the cause of the plugging.
At this time, water restrictions are still in effect. Staff will send updates as news is available.