State grant supports city of Estacada's water system
A grant from the state will fund an additional water pump station in the city of Estacada.
Along with the current pump station near Cazadero Heights, a second one will be added near Espinosa Street.
The current pump station does not always have the capacity to support both the low-level and high-level reservoirs.
"The pump station that supplies water to the high level system has operational limitations that prevent filling the high level reservoir under certain conditions. When the low level reservoirs are partially depleted, the pump station cannot discharge water to the high level pressure zone," city leaders wrote when requesting the funds.
The city will receive $220,000 as part of several bills recently passed by the Oregon legislature to rebalance the state budget to include funds for summer educational and recreational programs, wildfire recovery and other purposes.
The bills included a total of $3.7 million total in grants to 11 local governments for repair of wildfire damage.
Though the 140,000-acre Riverside Fire did not reach Estacada city limits last fall, it came within half a mile and destroyed 50 nearby homes and 150 other structures.
"There wasn't damage within city limits, but it did affect us," said Estacada Assistant City Manager Melanie Wagner.
Sen. Bill Kennemer, R-Oregon City, voted in favor of securing funding for Estacada.
"This is a great first step for getting our community back on (its) feet. I will continue to work hard to get more funding to help our families recover and rebuild," he said.
Construction on the water pump project is expected to begin this summer.
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