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Brad Taylor Video
Hatfield Marine Science Center Director George Boehlert outlines how his sprawling marine science complex is doing what it can to conserve water.
Toledo Public Works Director Adam Denlinger tells News Lincoln County that Toldedo has jumped into the water situation at South Beach, making sure that water is now flowing between the Toledo water treatment plant, through the Seal Rock system and north to South Beach. However, the line from Seal Rock to South Beach is a lot smaller than the main line between Newport and South Beach. So water conservation by all South Beach residents and businesses remains very important.
Water line repair crews are now on scene with divers repairing a damaged water main that provides Newport water to South Beach. An alert Port of Newport employee discovered a huge upwelling of fresh water earlier in the week, later determined to be the cause of a lot of missing water that was not arriving at South Beach. Mystery solved, but it’s become a giant challenge for South Beach residents and businesses who must now conserve water so as to make the water stored in the South Beach tanks last long enough to get the water line back into operation. And that might not be until Friday according to Public Works Director Tim Gross.
Gross told News Lincoln County that a conservation plea has gone out to all South Beach residents and business owners to conserve water. He said that water consumption at South Beach was still running at a rate that would empty the South Beach storage tank within a few days. He said that crews have turned on a water supply inter-tie with the Seal Rock Water District, which is now supplying water to the South Beach tank. But it’s a much smaller line. Gross said conservation of water is absolutely paramount while they bring the water line back into operation – hopefully late next week.
NOAA ships have switched from shore water to making their own water internally, as they would at sea. Rogue has cut back water use where they can, according to Gross. The Marine Science Center and the Aquarium have all cut back as well.