From Newport Public Works Director Tim Gross
On Sunday, Dec. 16, the Schooner Lift Station located on the west end of NW 68th Street shut down due to an electrical failure. Earlier in the week, one of the pumps in the lift station was taken out of service due to a mechanical failure. Because of the age of the station, a special valve needed to be ordered which was due to arrive today. Yesterday an electrical fault to the remaining pump caused it to shut down. Operators responded yesterday afternoon but after many hours of work were unable to return the station to service. An electrician is on site working on the station now and hopefully it will be brought back online today.
The station is currently being bypassed pumped into Schooner Creek and discharging to the ocean. Advisory signs have been posted at Schooner Creek on the end of NW 68th Street warning of potential raw wastewater contamination. The postings will be removed when tests at the outfall indicate fecal levels are within acceptable limits. Please avoid contact with Schooner Creek where it discharges to the ocean until the advisory is lifted.
Tim Gross, Public Works Director, 541-574-3369.