Rowena and Doug’s are in the clear after the recent E. coli leak. Here’s the latest from the City of The Dalles press release:
The discharge from the City of The Dalles Wastewater Treatment Plant to the Columbia River was back in compliance with permit limits for E. coli as of early Tuesday morning. The sample taken at 2:19am on May 4 was within limits for an individual sample and for an average of five samples. The delay in reading out the test results is due to the 24-hour incubation time that the test requires.
Samples of the plant’s treated effluent will continue to be tested more frequently than required for the following week. Sign which were placed at locations of public river access to warn of contaminated water will be taken down today.
We have heard from OMI, the company that runs The Dalles wastewater treatment plant, that as a result of an upset event that caused an excess of e coli to be released, the river is closed from The Dalles to Rowena.
According to a press release sent out by the City of The Dalles, an equipment installation took longer than expected, causing a back up of fluids. This event caused higher than usual levels of e coli to be released into the river.
What are they doing now?
At this point they are required to do water samples every 4 hours. When they get 5 consecutive “clean” samples, the river will reopen through this stretch.
How long will the river be closed for?
They anticipate that they will reopen this stretch around Monday, May 3rd. We will let you know as soon as we hear that it’s reopened.
Good thing it’s windy out east today! Sounds like a weekend to spend at the Wall.