OHA Drinking Water Services
OHA Drinking Water Services
Contact Report Details

PWS ID: OR41 92634
Who Was Contacted: DENISE HILKEY
Contact Phone: 541-352-6002
Contact Date: 09/21/2018
Contact Method/Location: Phone
Details: Denise Hilkey, USFS Ranger, contacted us via phone to discuss the source at USFS Cloud Cap/Cooper Spur PWS. Denise reported that the source had run dry sometime in recent days. Denise requested permission to make emergency repairs to re-direct water into the spring-box.
We stated that, according to rule, the spring-source needs an approved and engineered plan prior to making alterations. Denise stated that the timeline for the submission of plans is extended well into next year (if not later).
We also discussed procedures regarding shock-chlorination of the system if water were to return. We stated that shock chlorinating a surface water system is ineffective and should not be used because it may create a false sense of security among water users people may be more motivated to disregard the boil-water advisory.
As well, we discussed the existing boil-water advisory. We recommended updating the notice language to include this event because a loss of pressure may also contribute to negative health outcomes if the water is consumed. We also reminded Denise that the existing notice needs to be renewed and re-posted every 90 days (and a copy needs to be sent to HRC EH as well).
Lastly, we discussed different scenarios for water treatment, such as slow-sand-filters, gravity powered artificial filters, drilling a well, etc.
The system must remain on a boil-water advisory because the water is untreated surface water.

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