DISTRICT OUTAGES

Tuesday, April 20 8:15 am. There are two areas in Irrigon remaining without water. The line along Oregon Street was shut off at 3rd St. NE last week for a private repair. The valve at Idaho St and 2nd St. NW has been repaired, but water is not in the line. This morning, our crew will do its best to address both of these outages. We also have shut off the valve at Highway 730 and Apricot Lane. It appears a car hit that line. Our piping project in Boardman was not complete when the water season started, so crews will move to that project next. We have 12 families waiting for water there. It’s a busy time of year, for sure and our small crew is working long hours to try to get ahead of these outages. We sure appreciate the patience a majority of the customers have shown.

Friday, April 16, 7:45 update. The repair is taking longer than anticipated, mainly due to water still in the pipe. We have had one-way traffic on Columbia Lane most of the day, repaired the roadway and are closing our work area now so traffic can return to normal. Will be back on the irrigation repair in the morning. WE WILL NEED TO SHUT DOWN THE ENTIRE IRRIGON SYSTEM in the morning for at least half a day.

Friday, April 16, 4:00 pm. Crews have been working on the repair all day, and they plan on staying until it is done. If all goes as planned, the glue will dry overnight and we will turn on low pressure Saturday afternoon. If no new leaks appear, the pump stations will be turned on and things should be back to normal. Fingers crossed.

Friday, April 16, 11:30 am. About an hour ago we had a failure on our mainline along Columbia Lane. Unfortunately this impacts everyone served by the Huke Pump Station and the 4th Street Pump Station. At this point we are trying to clean the area and assess the damage. Morrow County Road Department is on the way with an excavator and other equipment to assess the damage to Columbia Lane. Until we are able to get into the area and see exactly what failed, we won’t know what parts to order or how long the repair will take.

Please watch for continued updates.

BOARD MEETING SCHEDULED

The Board of Directors of West Extension Irrigation District will hold its Monthly Business Meeting on Thursday, April 15, 2021, at 9:00 a.m.  An Executive Session may be called pursuant to ORS 192.660 to discuss legal issues. 

The board meeting will be held at Columbia Improvement District, 501 E. Columbia Ave., Boardman, OR  97818.

DUE TO COVID RESTRICTIONS, PUBLIC ATTENDANCE MUST BE ARRANGED IN ADVANCE BY CALLING THE OFFICE AT (541) 922-3814.

Please call the office at (541) 922-3814 if you have any questions. 

**UPDATE**IRRIGATION OUTAGES

Thursday, April 15 Updates:

Tuesday, April 13 Updates:

Crews continue to work to get water to everyone in the District. There are still several outages that we are working on:

Huke Pump Station, Irrigon: The pump station wend down Monday, morning, April 12, for a leak at the pump station. A locate has been called in and we will begin digging it up in the next day or two. Parts have been ordered and should arrive tomorrow morning. Update: Barring any further complications, we should be able to get the work completed Friday and the station turned back on Saturday.

Sunrise Meadows Pump Station in Boardman: The pump “blew up” (not a technical term, so don’t worry!) today. Pump technicians are on site working on it. We should have it back up tonight (Friday) or tomorrow morning if all goes as planned. UPDATE the pump was repaired and turned on about 4 pm yesterday, Monday.

Division Street Pump Station in Irrigon: The pump kicked off this afternoon and district crews are not able to get it back up and going. The problem is believed to be in the VFD and we have called the technician to take a look at it. We do not have a forecast at this time. UPDATE: 5 pm Friday. The pump is on.

Idaho Lane in Irrigon, from 2nd Street West: There is a problem with the valve that serves this leg of the line. We have called in a locate and will be digging that up next week. We won’t have a forecast until we dig it up and see exactly what the problem is. Update: The 6″ valve needs to be replaced. Parts have been ordered and the repair will be done in the next day or two. Update: the work was completed today and the pump station was turned on low pressure this afternoon. Pressure should be available Friday.

Greenwood PRV, off Oregon St. in Irrigon: This is a private system in Irrigon. There is a leak in the neighborhood and we have isolated the system until the repair can be made. The affected landowners are working on the repairs and we will get it turned back on as soon as they are complete. UPDATE: The system was up and down this weekend, but finally turned on Sunday afternoon.

We are also working hard on the individual problems that landowners have had with start up. Crews are working 7 days a week trying to get water to everyone. Thanks for your patience!

If you have any questions, please call the office at 541-922-3814.

IRRIGON START-UP

Crews have been working long hours seven days a week to stay on track with water start-up.

We are on track to start Irrigon tomorrow (Tuesday the 6th). River pumps will be turned on first thing in thr morning. It will take most of the day to fill the system while crews chase down leaks that have popped up over the winter.

If you are not able to be home, please shut your valve to prevent any flooding on your property.

The remaining pump stations on the main canal will follow this week.

**UPDATE** BOARDMAN OUTAGE

Tuesday, 30 March, 9:30 am – UPDATE: Crews got the siphon unplugged last night and turned water into Boardman this morning. The canal will take most of the day to fill and flush. The water should start clearing up this afternoon and overnight. Water will be available tomorrow.

Monday, 29 March – Due to high winds yesterday the Boardman canal is down. There is a plug of weeds in the siphon. WEID crews were out all night trying to keep it clear, but it was just too much to handle.

WEID crews are still on site. We have called ODOT and a contractor to help remove the plug. At this time, there is no forecast as to when water will be restored.

Please check back for updates.