To: Chemeketa Park Community
On Sunday, 1/22, there were “leak warnings” as the tanks could not keep water in them. At first, the thought was we were running low on water due to suspected leaks in the distribution system. The community identified two possible leaks in the park. Then a major leak was discovered at the connection between the Montevina (MV) Pipeline and the redwood clearwell tank at the water plant, where a tree branch severed the supply line connection. Because of that break, we were unable to fill our storage tanks at upper Ogalalla.
Repairs are currently being made.
Once the MV Pipeline connection repairs are complete, we will be able to begin filling the redwood clearwell tank at the water plant. When that tank is full, we will be able to pump water up to the upper Ogallala storage tanks.
It will take approx. 24 hours to give the community a normal day’s use of water. The community will need to maintain strict water conservation efforts to give the system a chance to resume normal water operations.
Once the community is given notification that they can start to resume water usage, all water should be considered NONPOTABLE AND MUST BE BOILED prior to use for drinking or cooking. An official notification will be sent out later today giving more details about water usage and when the need to boil water is no longer required.
Additionally, please adhere to strict water conservation protocols for at least 24 hours. When you have been given the “all clear” to use water, it is recommended that you turn on an outside hose bib to clear air out of the line. There may be brown water in the system, so you are advised to either run water in your tub until it is clear or run water through your hose bib until it is clear, before you use it for any purpose.
Please stay tuned. We will let you know the timing of this as soon as it becomes available.
EMERGENCY WATER SITUATION in the Park as of 3:30 p.m. on 1/15/23
Cypress Water Systems thinks they have found the water leak (with the help of community members!). Thanks to all of you who called in possible leaks. CWS also worked hard to remove wood debris from the water plant. That’s the good news.
The bad news – there will be a crew here to repair the leak, but they will not arrive until Monday morning. That means NO WATER. We may very well run out of water before Monday. Please make arrangements to use your emergency resources at home or make a trip to the grocery store to get water for the next 24 hours.
The fire department has been notified of our lack of water.
Thank you for helping out.