Amity School District reopens despite water problems

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AMITY, Ore. – Amity School District schools are open Tuesday after a water treatment plant issue caused them to close Monday.

Tuesday, the district will be providing drinking water to students and staff. Officials say the city water is not yet potable.

According to the drinking water specialist with the Oregon Health Department, the water is safe for hand-washing and other things; it just shouldn’t be ingested.

The City of Amity issued a boil water notice and statement on Facebook Tuesday morning:

Level three mandatory water restrictions are in place effective immediately. This includes a complete ban on all outside watering. Citizens should make all efforts possible to eliminate nonessential water consumption.

The City is working to generate enough volume and pressure in the reservoir. Adequate volume and pressure is necessary to correctly administer the bacteria testing. Public Works staff is working on the water treatment facility to address computer controlled water supply equipment in an effort to increase water levels at the reservoir and will continue to work 24/7 until this issue is resolved.

Water use restrictions will be in place even after the boil water notice is lifted. The water restrictions will be in effect until the water treatment plant and computer systems are working properly.

As a reminder, customers should bring water to a rolling boil for 1 full minute, allow the water to cool before using, and store the cooled water in a clean container with a cover. Customers should use boiled water that has cooled or bottled water for:

  • Drinking
  • Brushing teeth
  • Washing fruits and vegetables
  • Preparing food and baby formula
  • Making Ice
  • Cleaning food contact surfaces

For clarification, it is okay to wash your hands and shower with the water; it does not need to be boiled for these activities.

This boil water advisory is a precaution to limit risk to health and we will inform you when tests confirm no bacteria and you no longer need to boil your water.

Mark Gunter, Amity Public Works supervisor, said a computer at the water treatment plant failed overnight Sunday.

Monday, officials asked the public to use as little water as possible until further notice.

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