Westons 300-plus city water customers Monday remained without drinkable water from their faucets after a mudslide Saturday ripped out part of the citys main line.
Customers are still under a boil alert for the well water being used in the city.
Police Sgt. Joshua Henningsen said the city expects Pioneer Construction, Inc. of Pendleton to replace the pipe Tuesday after an OK from La Grande civil engineering firm Anderson-Perry & Associates, Inc.
Pending no complications we should have that completed by tomorrow evening, Henningsen said Monday.
If Pioneer is unable to finish, the city should also know Tuesday whether its safe to drink the water from the Smiths Frozen Foods, Inc. well. The city started temporarily delivering well water to customers via fire hydrants after chlorinating it Saturday.
Bill Goss, Oregon Health Authority, collected a sample Monday for a coliform bacteria test, the most common type of water inspection.
The city does monthly testing for that after incidents like this, Goss said. The city went on a boil alert after the line break and to take them off the boil alert, we need to show that theres no bacteria.
A leaking 14-inch Smiths Frozen Foods pipe caused the mudslide, Mayor Duane Thul told the East Oregonian Saturday.
Henningsen said the city will have to chlorinate and test the water tower once the new pipe section is installed in case construction causes contamination, but the water tower was likely unaffected by the break.
The city Saturday provided 14 portable toilets around town and a water tender with drinking water and six private shower stalls outside City Hall. Henningsen said those services would remain in town through Tuesday, but city council would likely have to vote whether to keep them if the main line isnt repaired by Tuesday evening but residents can drink the Smiths water.
Saturdays break marked the second time city water customers went without water since mid-April when the city shut off service to replace a leaking 40-foot section of the main damaged when Smith installed a pump and water rushed into the connected city pipes. The same break for three days in March left seven houses outside city limits without service.
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