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Residents are free to use normal levels of water again after a pump repair was completed.

Wilsonville and Sherwood residents are no longer being asked to limit their water use, according to a news release issued Wednesday evening, Aug. 3.

What was referred to as a "voluntary water curtailment notice" had been in effect since Saturday, July 30, when a water transmission pump failed at the Willamette River Water Treatment Plant. While water remained safe to drink, residents were told to limit "high-water usage activities" like outdoor irrigation, washing cars, extensive use of dishwashers or laundry machines and taking long showers.

Initially, the city of Wilsonville expected the curtailment to last through the end of the week, but the pump was back online by Wednesday evening.

"A field engineer replaced a short-circuited power component with a new component that was priority-shipped to the plant this week," the release stated.

According to the release, daily water consumption from the plant dropped from 10.4 million gallons per day to 8.4 million during the first three days following the curtailment.

"We appreciate the considerable efforts taken by Wilsonville and Sherwood to conserve water and the quick work by Veolia's staff at the Water Treatment Plant to bring the system back to full-service capacity," Wilsonville acting City Manager Jeanna Troha said in the release.


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