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Patrons of Colton Water District asked to boil drinking water as low levels prevent proper treatment

Colton Water District is under a boil water order until further notice. This means if you are there, visit there or get to go home you will need to boil all drinking water until it is clear.

Pete Dostert of Colton Water District said he is not able to treat the city water correctly because, basically, there is no water. The district went through more than a million gallons of water in three days and as of Friday, Sept. 11, there was only 10 feet of water left in the main tank.

COURTESY PHOTO: TVF&R - Firefighers continue working at the Chehalem Mountain-Bald Peak fire on Thursday, Sept. 10. In Colton, crews have gone through more than a million gallons of water in three days.

"We were without power for eight hours due to the windstorm on Monday (Sept. 7) and by the time we were back up late Tuesday, the fires were already started and we were behind on water storage. The fire district needs the water to fight fires, but we also had people leaving sprinklers on and it used the water quickly, and we were already behind with the power outage affecting us."

A notice to cease sprinkler use was issued Thursday, Sept. 10.

Dostert said as soon as the district can get the water levels back up to where they need to be, then sprinklers may be turned back on. Notice will be given at that time.

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