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 LEWISTON ORCHARDS IRRIGATION DISTRICT

               **  PRESS RELEASE UPDATE **

                                   

UPDATE    4:30 p.m.

LOID crews are on site repairing the mainline break on 18th Street between Powers Avenue and Birch Drive.   We anticipate water service to return to those patrons on 18th Street by 9 p.m. tonight.

Patrons in the east orchards may experience discolored water once the water main is put back in service.   You can clear the discoloration by running your tap for approximately 5 minutes until the water clears.  If it does not clear by then, turn off the water and wait 30 minutes and repeat this process.  Avoid washing clothes during this period.

We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience!

 

Friday, September 8, 2017      2:20 p.m.

 LOID crews have isolated the mainline break to 18th Street between Powers Avenue and Birch Drive.  Patrons in this area will continue to experience decreased water pressure until the line is repaired. 

 Water service has been restored to all other patrons initially affected by the mainline break.  Flushing may result in some discoloration or cloudiness and the presence of sediment in your water.   

 Patrons in the Lutes Addition or others with an outside domestic faucet may wish to clear their lines by opening an outside tap before running water in their homes.  If an outside tap is not an option, run water for short durations in a bathtub until the water clears.  Avoid washing clothes during this period. 

We appreciate your patience while we work to get your drinking water main back in service.  

 

LEWISTON ORCHARDS IRRIGATION DISTRICT

PRESS RELEASE

Friday, September 8, 2017

An 8” public drinking water pipeline near the intersection of 18th Street and Powers Avenue in the Lewiston Orchards developed a substantial leak Friday afternoon around 1:10 pm.  Crews are working to get the leak repaired.  The mainline has remained pressurized.

Patrons in that area may experience decreased water pressure.  Once repairs are complete, the main will be flushed.  Flushing may result in some discoloration or cloudiness and the presence of sediment in your water.  These conditions are not harmful and should be of short duration.  You can clear the discoloration by running your tap for a few minutes until the water clears.  Avoid washing clothes during this period.  Your cooperation in this matter is greatly appreciated.

We appreciate your patience while we work to get your drinking water main back in service.

 

Reclamation – Managing Water in the West

Preliminary Draft Environmental Assessment

The U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) prepared this Environmental Assessment (EA) in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for the proposed Lewiston Orchards Water Exchange and Title Transfer Project. This EA analyzes the potential environmental impacts that could result from the implementation of the water exchange and title transfer alternatives.

Early settlers to the confluence of the Clearwater and Snake Rivers made their living by dryland farming, mining, and lumbering. Many of the settlers found the climate at the lower elevation provided for comfortable living with a good growing season for crops and orchards. In 1906, the Lewiston Land and Water Company of Portland, Oregon initiated irrigation in the area with the construction of the Sweetwater Creek Canal and Reservoir A Dam to deliver irrigation and domestic water to the dry bench above Lewiston, Idaho. To accomplish this, the company condemned Indian trust allotments on the Nez Perce Reservation owned by the U.S. in trust for individual Indians in a state court proceeding in Lewiston. The company failed to notify or include the U.S. as a party and its condemnation of U.S. trust allotments, then used for reservoirs and canals, occurred without lawful jurisdiction and remains of disputed validity to this day.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE OFFICIAL PRELIMINARY DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT

 


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