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Coliform tests, water treatment update

Your water district board wants bring you an update on the water testing issues we have been working with since mid-June.

Since disinfecting our springs last month, our coliform tests have been negative.  In addition to the monthly monitoring required by the state for all water systems required,  the district has continued to monitor this with more in-house testing.

Two members the county environmental health team met again with members of the board on Sept. 30.  The message from that meeting was that the state will continue to require the district to install a facility that provides treatment with a residual, which in practical terms means a chlorination system.

With some assistance from the county health department, the district has initiated communication with the Oregon Health Authority regional project engineer regarding next steps in this process.  It was clear to the county staff that the district cannot practically initiate treatment by the January 2021 date set forth in the letter sent by the state.

As we learn more, we will continue to update our community.

Next board meeting Tuesday October 13

The next regular board meeting will be held online via Zoom at 6 PM Tuesday October 13.  This is a public meeting and all interested persons are invitied to attend.

How to attend district meetings online  

Instructions for attending district meetings online are included on each meeting notice and agenda.  To attend with video and audio, you will need to download  free Zoom meeting software.  If you have not downloaded the software, a prompt from Zoom should appear asking permission to do so.

To attend by phone (audio only) without downloading software, follow the instructions on meeting notice.

For community members on the district news email list, a direct invitation with a link and a phone number will be sent.  If you are not on that email list, and wish to be added, contact orwdcom5@gmail.com. By Oregon law, no district board meetings or board work sessions, in person or online or by phone, can occur without public notice and access.

Notices and agendas will be posted for all  public meetings convened by the district.

All public meetings will be recorded and links to those recordings will posted on the website as a public record.  In addition, an archive of all meeting recordings will be maintained.

Office operating on restricted basis

To reduce risk to both customers and staff during the pandemic, the district office will be not be engaging in face-to-face interaction with customers until further notice. If you have an urgent concern and have any trouble communicating via the office phone or email, you probably know how to reach the community volunteers who serve as board members...or your neighbor does. For non-urgent issues, the office and board members can also be reached by email through this website.