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Toledo: Mill Creek Dam fix coming in under budget?

Mill Creek Dam Winter source for Toledo water

Mill Creek Dam
Winter source for Toledo water

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Part of water release regulator assembly

Part of water release regulator assembly

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Toledo Interim Public Works Director Dave Inman told his city council Wednesday night that the Mill Creek Dam drain project is coming along nicely. In fact, the fix may cost less than expected because the dam’s drain assembly wasn’t in as bad a shape as feared.

Inman says contractor divers and city heavy equipment operators pulled up part of the assembly and found that the basic components were still in place despite decades of being underwater. Inman said they’ve been able to locate a few new parts for the assembly and that they’ll be able to fabricate what they couldn’t readily acquire.

Inman said that the assembly regulates the rate of release of water being sent to the city’s drinking water treatment plant. Mill Creek is a major supply for Toledo’s drinking water during the winter when the other source of water, the Siletz River, is too turbid to draw from.

Inman said everything is coming together rather well and that the assembly will be completed, resubmerged and fastened into place within the next month or so.

Inman said it appears that the project might come as much as $5-10,000 under budget.

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