Mapleton residents see more water woes

The water filtration system needs repairs, county officials say.

Posted: Nov 16, 2021 6:41 PM

MAPLETON, Ore. -- The Mapleton Water District is working to resolve an issue that’s left residents without access to water.

Classes and events in the Mapleton School District are canceled for Wednesday in light of these water issues.

Lane County Emergency Management and other county organizations are working together to provide drinking water to residents. 

In the meantime, the water district is working to repair their water filtration system and make other long-term upgrades. Officials said recent rain made the water cloudy and the filtration system isn’t working.

Millie Rochon, the chair of the board of the Mapleton Water District, told KEZI 9 News about the process of getting the water plant replaced. 

"We have money being fed to us by the state to remedy the situation, to be able to pay for a new water plant, to be able to update the whole community's water supply. So we're in the midst of doing that right now, but this rental equipment is what we needed to get through until the final project is finished," said Rochon. 

But this isn't the first time the water plant has affected residents and business owners. Christine Thurman is the co-owner of Frank's Place. She said she and her business partner had their own struggles after the water plant broke down last year. 

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"Last year we were on a water boil for three months in the middle of the summer so that is pretty expensive to buy bottled water," said Thurman. 

Thurman also expressed her frustration with the continuous water problems in the small town. 

"We're paying for water every month, and it's frustrating for us to know that we're paying for it and every three months or whatever we're on a water boil, shut down, that sort of thing," said Thurman. 

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And Rochon said she hopes the community needs to hang on a little longer. 

"Remember that the plant will be replaced by July and we just need people to have confidence that this is going to get better as long as, as a community, we stay steadfast towards the plan," said Rochon. 

And even with the continuous water problems, residents like Thurman are remaining hopeful. 

"They've been very informative, they always send me a text and tell me what's going on as a business owner," said Thurman.

Those in the Mapleton Water District can pick up drinking water at 88151 Riverview Avenue from 9 am. to 2 p.m. every day as supplies last. If you can’t pick up water during those hours, you can call 541-268-4348 for after-hours access.

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