On October 7th, a sewer pump station operated by Clackamas County Water Environment Services (WES) failed, releasing approximately 168,000 gallons of sewage into the Sandy River. This sewage release occurred near the Brightwood neighborhood, and was fixed within the same afternoon. The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and Oregon Emergency Response were notified of the incident to ensure proper water quality monitoring would occur.
There have no reports of water-related illness, and the warning to limit contact with the water has since been lifted. For further information, see the initial report in the Oregonian, and the follow-up with the most recent news. WES is exploring alternatives to the current treatment system that serves about 3,000 residences in the Hoodland/Welches area.
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