DEQ to hold meeting on Lebanon groundwater cleanup

This only impacts people who use well-water; the city water is safe.

Posted: Nov 15, 2017 7:01 PM
Updated: Nov 15, 2017 7:07 PM

LEBANON, Ore. -- The Department of Environmental Quality said Lebanon residents who aren't connected to city water, could be drinking contaminated water.

Don Hanson, the Western Region Environmental Cleanup and Emergency Response Manger at the DEQ, said this only impacts people who use well-water. He said the city water is perfectly fine.

He tells me this is something they've been working on since the mid-nineties. A portion of the groundwater in downtown Lebanon, about 400 acres, is contaminated with some solvent chemicals (some of that is from leaks from old dry cleaning facilities).

The DEQ sent out about 1,900 letters to people living within a 900 acre stretch of that area, saying if they use well-water, the DEQ would like to come test it.

"We just want to try to help them out by seeing if they'll let us sample their well, test it for the chemicals and if they have high levels, then we can offer to help pay to get them connected to city water," said Hanson.

He said it can be unhealthy for people to use that contaminated water long term. He said most people in Lebanon are using city water, so they're fine.

Right now, they're seeking public comment on a long term plan to fix it.

The DEQ is holding an informational meeting about proposed remedies for groundwater contamination on Thursday at 6:00 p.m. in the Lebanon Public Library.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 32994

Reported Deaths: 547
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Multnomah7204138
Marion469594
Washington454060
Umatilla298741
Clackamas242061
Malheur163327
Lane123417
Jackson11615
Deschutes85212
Yamhill76213
Jefferson5418
Polk53215
Linn52213
Morrow5056
Lincoln48213
Union4462
Benton3146
Wasco2963
Klamath2802
Hood River2520
Douglas2334
Clatsop2170
Josephine1982
Columbia1791
Coos1570
Baker942
Crook621
Tillamook530
Lake330
Curry310
Wallowa311
Sherman180
Harney120
Grant100
Gilliam80
Unassigned00
Wheeler00
Eugene
Clear
51° wxIcon
Hi: 89° Lo: 51°
Feels Like: 51°
Corvallis
Clear
50° wxIcon
Hi: 88° Lo: 50°
Feels Like: 50°
Roseburg
Clear
56° wxIcon
Hi: 96° Lo: 55°
Feels Like: 56°
North Bend
Clear
61° wxIcon
Hi: 83° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 61°
KEZI Radar
KEZI Temperatures
KEZI Planner

LATEST FORECAST

Community Events