Good News! They found the water leak! Bad News! South Beach: They’ve shut off your water pipe under the bay! Start conserving NOW!!
South Beach residents and businesses must start conserving water like never before starting NOW! South Beach gets its water through a pipe under the bay. Unfortunately that pipe was damaged during the recent storms. Its leaking about 600,000 gallons a day and it’s going to take a week to fix it. That is the word from Newport Public Works Director Tim Gross. He said they will have a little clearer picture tomorrow after they get the pipe fixed.
Gross said South Beach has water storage tanks, but it won’t take long to run them dry if everyone uses their normal amount of water every day. So, city officials are warning South Beach residents that if they want their South Beach storage tanks to last, they MUST cut back on water use. The pipe fix will be done tomorrow. But it’ll take them a week to flush, chlorinate and test the pipe before they can put city water back in it. And that could take until NEXT friday, according to Gross.
The city is asking that South Beach residents and businesses make every effort to conserve water and to delay any production or operation that may use large quantities of water until the under-the-bay pipe is brought back on line. Both the Oregon Coast Acquarium and Rogue Brewery use a lot of water every day. Conserving water for them will require some careful analysis and strategies.
The city’s water service area to South Beach stretches to SW 62nd. Everyone south of there is not affected. They’re on the Seal Rock water system.
Residents should have a three day emergency kit including a supply of water for everyone in the family. Roughly three gallons of water a day per person. City water will be available at the City Shops at NE 3rd Street. Be sure you bring your own water containers. Make sure to bring home enough water to flush your toilets. The sewer system will be working fine, but it takes water to flush toilets. Military type showers may be in order: Water on. Water off. Lather up. Water rinse. Grab towel.
For more information on all this, call 541-574-3369.