Friday morning up date:
Public Works Director Tim Gross says a replacement portable pump was hooked-up at the Big Creek pump station this morning and it’s working fine. No more overflows at either Schooner Creek or Big Creek.
Due to heavy rains and heavy infiltration problems from storm water getting into the regular sewer lines, both outflows to Agate and Schooner Creek beaches have discharged untreated wastewater into the ocean after our recent heavy rains.
Newport Public Works Director Tim Gross says the Big Creek pump station Friday morning received a portable bypass pump to help ensure flows go to the wastewater plant instead of over-spilling to Big Creek.
Gross said the long term plan is to replace the Big Creek pump station with new pumps with more pumping capacity to handle just about any flows Mother Nature can throw at it. However its not expected to be installed until next fall. In the meantime, a recently rebuilt pump will be inserted inside the current Big Creek station to do what it can to avert overflows until the new pump station is brought on line.