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Open Board Positions

Board postion # 2 and #5 are now unfilled. The water district board is asking for applicants for two commissioner positions, # 2 and # 5.

Dana Taylor resigned as commissioner effective January 11, 2022. His fellow commissioners want to thank Dana for his service over the last ten months.  Tom Kammerer resigned as commissioner effective December 13, 2021. His fellow commissioners want to thank Tom for his eight months of service.

The board would like to appoint two commissioners to fill positions # 2 & #5 at the next monthly board meeting on February 15, 2022. The appointment will be for the remainder of the current terms, which both end on June 30, 2023.

Commissioners are unpaid volunteers, and must be an "elector of the district" (registered to vote in the district). In addition to attending the board’s monthly meetings, which are currently held on the second Tuesday after the first Monday of each month, commissioners are assigned additional duties or projects by the board.

To inquire about the position or to apply for appointment, please contact Commissioner Lisa Hall. You will be sent an application form to fill out and return. Applications will be due by the end of the day on Saturday, February 12, 2022.

Chlorination System Active

On October 12th 2021, Hiland Water completed installing the required chlorination system and is obtaining final approval from Oregon Health Authority (OHA).

Our water is now chlorinated after leaving the large storage tank on its way to town. Excess water that overflows from the tanks into the creek is not chlorinated.

The amount of chlorine in the distribution system will be kept as low as possible while still providing a detectable level of chlorine everywhere in the system, as required by OHA. You may notice some variability in chlorine levels for a while as the chlorination system is tested and adjusted.

Water District Meetings

The board holds regular monthly meetings as well as special work session meetings, special information meetings and budget committee meetings. For information on the upcoming scheduled meetings see the notices page or the individual meeting pages.

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 orwdcom4@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 be posted on the website as a public record.  In addition, an archive of all meeting recordings will be maintained.

New water operator services

This year July 1, 2021, we begin the fiscal year with a new water operator. Hiland Water Corp will be providing the water district with water operator services. They are a company that provides water services to a number of small water systems in the area, in fact right next door to Otter Rock at Johnson Creek Water and Seacrest. If you need to contact our water operator, call the Hiland office at 503-554-8333 or toll free 855-554-8333. Their office hours are M-F 9:00-12:00 and 1:00-4:00 daily, but they have an answering service who can contact the water operator for emergencies outside their regular hours.

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.