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Water remains safe to drink, but residents are asked to limit use until a replacement part can be installed.

PMG FILE PHOTO - A pump failure at the Willamette River Water Treatment Plant prompted the cities of Wilsonville and Sherwood to call for a curtailment of non-essential water use. With temperatures expected to eclipse triple digits Saturday, the cities of Wilsonville and Sherwood are calling for residents to curtail all non-essential water usage due to a pump failure at the Willamette River Water Treatment Plant.

Water remains safe for drinking, according to a press release from the two cities.

"The curtailment is in effect because the pump failure inhibits the plant's ability to pump water efficiently to meet higher demand," the release stated.

The city of Wilsonville cited "high-water usage activities" — including outdoor irrigation, washing cars, "extensive" use of dishwashers or laundry machines and taking long showers — as activities that should be avoided during this period of time. This curtailment is expected to last "no longer than a week," as a replacement part must be obtained and installed.

The Willamette River Water Treatment Plant serves both Wilsonville and Sherwood. According to the press release, the pump failure occurred around 11:30 p.m. Friday night.

"The failed pump is one of four transmission pumps at the plant," the release stated. "The plant is able to produce potable water but is unable to transmit sufficient quantities of water to the respective reservoirs to meet high demand."

Wilsonville's press release included several ways to conserve water at home:

— When hand-washing dishes, don't let water run; fill one sink with wash water, the other with rinse water.

— Suspend irrigation entirely or, at a minimum, adjust timed sprinklers as necessary.

— Run your clothes washer and dishwasher only when they are full.

— Turn off the water while brushing your teeth.

— Use the garbage disposal sparingly; compost vegetable food waste instead.

— Turn off the water while you wash your hair.

Water features at Wilsonville city parks remain open.


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