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Crater Lake to ship water starting next week, "...$400,000 to haul water.."
"...Rim Drive may not open until mid-June due to higher-than-average snow levels..."

Crater Lake National Park may not be ready to accept water from Chiloquin until early next week as they prepare their treatment plant to receive the shipments.

Despite dwindling reserves after the park stopped drawing from Annie Creek May 3, efforts to equip holding tanks to the treatment plant have delayed shipments.

Marsha McCabe, chief of interpretation and cultural resources, said Wednesday the park is working to connect four tanks to the system. The process includes chlorine sterilization, which will add least 24 hours to the wait.

“The plan is to start hauling water on a daily basis beginning early next week,” said McCabe.

Crater Lake’s need for an alternative water source became apparent May 3 when they were informed Annie Creek was included in a call on water by the Klamath Tribes. Plans are in place to build a groundwater well as a permanent alternative and, in the meantime, the city of Chiloquin has agreed to sell the park water for drinking and fire protection during May and June.

The cost of water from Chiloquin could total more than $37,000 while the park expects to pay Action Sanitary, of Lower Lake, Calif., approximately $400,000 to haul the water. McCabe said the installation of tanks at the plant is expected to add $10,000 to the tab between parts and labor.

Though working with a limited supply of water, McCabe said reserves are expected to last until next week with the help of “extreme water conservation measures.” Guests and residents are encouraged to bring drinking water from outside the park, to use garbage receptacles instead of flushing trash down toilets, to take shorter showers and avoid baths, and to alert staff to leaking faucets and water lines at the park.

McCabe also said they will delay bringing the water system in Mazama Village online until after they are able to truck in water, noting the facility does not open until May 26. She also said park attendance is lower during the first half of May and, based on expected consumption, they believe reserves will last until water is shipped in.

“We are closely monitoring our water reserves, and feel we have enough to make it through early next week,” said McCabe.

Despite the water needs, Crater Lake remains open to the public. The road to Rim Village remains open unless closed due to weather, while Rim Drive may not open until mid-June due to higher-than-average snow levels.



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