10:30am Monday Update
Newport Public Works Director Tim Gross says the gauge on the South Beach water tank is holding steady, which means that residents and businesses at South Beach are doing what’s necessary to cut back on water use. He said “If people continue to use water sparingly this week, we’ll get through this challenge successfully.” Gross says his work crews will be flushing and chlorine-cleaning the line through Thursday to ensure the quality of the water moving through it to South Beach meets safety standards.
Water conservation is still requested in the South Beach area of Newport. Although the main water line between Newport and South Beach has been repaired, Newport Public Works Director Tim Gross says it will still take most of the week to flush and chrlorine-treat the line to ensure that the water they run through it will meet safe drinking water standards. So until then (which is likely Thursday) residents and businesses are asked to cut back on all but the most necessary uses of water. Keep showers short. Don’t water lawns. Don’t wash cars. South Beach is getting it’s water from the Seal Rock Water District which gets its water from Toledo. So Toledo is the saving angel in the operation. But its supply line is a lot smaller than the main between Newport and South Beach. So all the more reason for everyone to cut back responsibly to get the community through this rough spot.