Our goal at Corbett Water District is to provide clean, safe water for the community. We were founded in 1932 and try to provide the same level of service throughout the years. Inside our web site you can find information on the projects the District is working on, water service applications, water quality reports, minutes and agendas, backflow surveys and contact information.
CORBETT WATER DISTRICT NEWS
FILTER POND 1 REPLACEMENT PROJECT
Our Water Treatment Plant has a long and interesting history. We have three in-ground “slow sand filter” ponds that were installed in the 1980’s. These filter ponds are on a gravity fed system and use a biological process to clean the water. Slow sand filters do not require chemicals or electricity to operate. These filters are considered to be not only the cheapest and simplest, but also the most efficient method of water treatment. The life expectancy of these filter ponds is 30 years. Filter Pond 1 is now showing signs of failure and is in dire need of replacement. The estimated cost of replacing the filter pond is $700,000.
In 2004 we upgraded Filter Pond 2 to a concrete basin filter and built a one million gallon reservoir. We financed these projects through a 2.1 million dollar loan at a 3.5% interest rate. Yearly payments of approximately $138,000 are being made until the year 2025. We are currently half way through the loan payment process. The Board does not want to burden the rate payers with a loan for the Filter Pond 1 replacement. The Board, Water District Management and PACE Engineers are discussing a two part plan to replace Filter Pond 1 without incurring additional debt:
Part One: Replace less pipe per year than we have in recent years and use that money for the Filter Pond 1 project.
Part Two: Issue a small rate increase, or apply a surcharge that would be removed when the project is finished.
This plan allows the District to complete the project without incurring any additional debt. If we use a five year loan at a 2.5% interest rate for the project it would add an additional $32,421 to the cost. Planning for this project will allow the District avoid financing and complete a portion of the work with our own crew in order to keep the cost down and pass the savings along to our customers. We will be able to order supplies, pour cement and complete the work during the best weather conditions, which will make the job easier and the material last to its maximum life or beyond. If we do not rebuild the filter pond soon we could have a failure and be forced to finance the project at terms and during conditions that are not in our favor.
Please plan on attending our:
PUBLIC HEARING, November 18, 2014
to discuss the funding of the FILTER POND 1 REPLACEMENT PROJECT
The Hearing will be held at the Corbett Fire Hall, 36930 E Historic Columbia River Highway at 6:00 p.m.
The Hearing is being held in accordance with ORS 264.312.
For more information please call our office at 503-695-2284
WATER PRESSURE PROBLEMS
Occasionally, the pressure regulator valve (PRV) on the water main in the street fails and allows the main line pressure past the meter and into your service line or house plumbing. It is recommended that each customer install a regulator (PRV) on his/her side of the meter to prevent potential damage to customer’s property, if pressure exceeds 80 psi per building code. You might want to install the PRV near your water heater so the outside faucet has full pressure for washing the car or fighting a small brush fire during an emergency, the inside plumbing is then protected by the PRV.
An unusually strong burst of water when the faucet is turned on or fluctuations in pressure while the water is running are both possible indications of a regulator problem. A common symptom of high pressure is a water heater temperature and pressure valve (T&P valve) which will not seat and leaks a little or a lot. Remember that the plumbing code requires the T&P valve overflow be plumbed to an outside drain and never threaded or capped; this prevents unexpected water damage to your floors and furnishings. Low pressure can be caused by particle buildup in the screen which restricts flow through the regulator. When the pressure is excessively low sometimes water cannot be used at two faucets at the same time. A leak or break in your own service line may also reduce the pressure inside your house. You can rule out a leak by checking your meter; check to see if the meter is moving when you are not using water. Please view our website www.corbettwaterdistrict.com for help on leak detection and how to read your meter.