The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs have declared an emergency disaster due to a 14 inch water main line break in the Shitike Creek. They have implemented their Emergency Operation Plan to coordinate repair and services to the community.
There is a boil water order in effect for the Warm Springs Agency Water System. That means you should boil water for drinking or cooking, washing dishes, brushing teeth & making ice OR else use bottled water.
This is affecting everyone in Kah-nee-ta, Wolfe Point, Sunnyside, Upper Dry Creek, Miller Heights, Campus Area, West Hills, Tenino Valley, Tenino Apartments, Elliott Heights, Senior Housing, Trailer Courts, and Greeley Heights.
For those in the affected areas – there is bottled water distribution today at the Old Warm Springs Elementary School Library from 7:30am – 6pm
There is also drinking water distribution 7:30am – 6pm at the Community Center parking lot. You do need to bring your own containers.
Warm Springs Early Childhood Education will remain closed all this week and until the boil water order is lifted.
The Warm Springs K thru 8 Academy will be open for regular school hours this week with a plan for accomodating students with food, drinking water and bathrooms in the event of a total water outage.
The Warm Springs Iniian Health Service Clinic will operate their regular hours this week.
The Cottonwood Restaurant is closed at Indian Head Casino but the Tule Grill will remain open.
A total water outage is expected, at some point, that will affect the Campus Area, West Hills, Tenino Valley, Tenino Apartments, Elliott Heights, Senior Housing, Trailer Courts, and Greeley Heights PLUS businesses along Highway 26.
Portable toilets are being placed throughout the community for use during the water outage.
There is also non-potable water available if you bring containers – to use for things like flushing your toilet up by the Old Warm Springs Elementary Library.
Showers at the Plateau Travel Plaza have been discounted.
When a total water outage occurs affected residents should turn off your water heater by going to your circuit breaker box and throwing the breaker marked “water heater” to the “off” position. This keeps the element from burning out or overheating due to lack of water.
Stay Tuned to KWSO for additional information as new details become availalble.