From City Clerk-Recorder Peggy Hawker:
Several positive things are happening at the city’s Water Treatment Plant. First of all, the plant is meeting city-wide water demand, which is always a good thing. Secondly, 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 Tuesday and that both Bornstein and Pacific Seafood will be working.
At the same time these businesses are aware that the city may need them to reduce or halt production if something critical occurs again. We hope it doesn’t happen and city staff is working hard to ensure sufficient water is available to meet Newport’s daily water needs, including fish processing.
On Sunday, two 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 7th.
As you have no doubt heard or read, a piece of one of the membrane filters from the Water Treatment Plant was sent to the Pall Corporation in New York to be analyzed. They arrived there 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.
Membrane replacements arrived last week. These may 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 information is available.