Water System Update
The City of Pendleton water is safe to drink. During high flow events, taste & odor comes from the smell of the river water as it is being filtered. With lots of dirt in the water, the water filtration plant is simply unable to remove the smell in the water. What makes the water safe is the physical filter barrier that keeps disease-causing organisms from passing through it. The membrane barrier has such small openings, about 1/100th the width of human hair, that disease-causing organism are simply too large to fit through. For this basic reason, the water is safe to drink.
With the levee holding up through the record flood event of recent days, Public Works crew members are now addressing the taste & odor issue. The Umatilla River is expected to have high flow with dirt until late next week.
On Saturday, February 8th, the water filtration plant was placed into standby mode and a groundwater well placed into service for the water supply. Far points of the water system are being flushed to help with moving the taste & odor out of the water system.
Customers are encouraged to continue normal use of water as the crews flush the system. With the well supply and regular use of water, customers should experience the taste & odor go away in a couple of days.