Customers asked to reduce water use to conserve critical chlorine supply

June 18, 2021

Clean Water Services (CWS) is closely monitoring the chlorine shortage that could affect water utilities in Oregon and along the West Coast. CWS has an adequate supply of chlorine to disinfect and clean wastewater at this time, but asks customers to reduce their water use to help conserve the supply.

CWS and other Oregon water utilities are working directly with the Governor’s Office, Oregon Health Authority, Department of Environmental Quality and the Oregon Office of Emergency Management, and are utilizing Oregon Water/Wastewater Agency Response Network (ORWARN) and federal authorities to get the chlorine supply they need.

A major chlorine producer in Longview, Wash., Westlake Chemical, experienced the failure of a critical piece of electrical equipment earlier this month that has brought the manufacturing process to a halt. The equipment is currently being repaired.

CWS and our drinking water partner Tualatin Valley Water District are asking customers to reduce their water use in response to this shortage. Join us and do your part. A few steps customers can take to conserve water include:

  • Hot weather doesn’t mean more watering: Just because it is hot for a few days doesn't necessarily mean you have to increase your outdoor watering. Lawns and most plants can withstand a few days of very hot weather without requiring additional water.
  • Postponing new plantings: Planting new items in your yard or garden during hot weather it not the best plan for the health of the plant or for water conservation. If possible, wait until the weather cools a bit before planting new items.
  • Don’t wash the driveway: Avoid using water to wash off the driveway or sidewalk. A broom works just fine.
  • Don’t wash your vehicles at home: Instead, use car wash facilities that recycle water.

Everything we do at Clean Water Services aims to protect public health, while enhancing the natural environment of the Tualatin River Watershed. Combining science and nature, we work in partnership with others to safeguard the river's health and vitality, ensure the economic success of our region, and protect public health for more than 600,000 people in urban Washington County. Although Clean Water Services maintains a close working relationship with Washington County government, it is separately managed and financed.

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Contact

Julie Cortez
Public Affairs Specialist - Content & Media
Clean Water Services
503.681.4453 (o)
503.880.0503 (m)
cortezj@cleanwaterservices.org

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