A power disruption at a major northwest manufacturing plant has created a chlorine shortage that may affect Oregon’s water supply. The City of Hood River is in no danger of running out of chlorine for disinfection of drinking water or wastewater.
The City of Hood River produces its own supply of chorine from salt and has an abundant supply. “We have several month’s supply on hand for water treatment and we use ultraviolet light for wastewater treatment,” said City Engineer Wade Seaborn. “Our drinking water will remain safe and available.”
The manufacturing plant that also produces muriatic acid and caustic soda in addition to chlorine is expected to be back in production by the end of June. Oregon Health Authority and the State Office of Emergency Management have issued notices that water systems in some communities are at risk due to this shortage. Tap water remains clean, safe, and abundant in the City of Hood River. Some agencies are issuing water use restrictions on non-essential water use including outdoor use such as watering lawns, washing cars and filling swimming pools. No use restrictions exist for City of Hood River customers at this time. Efficient use of water is always encouraged.