Deliveries of water to Crater Lake National Park for use by
visitors and park residents began Tuesday morning.
Kirsten Hardin, the park’s chief of facility management,
said test results received mid-Tuesday morning confirmed the
water quality is good for consumption. The delivery of water
from the city of Chiloquin — 36,000 gallons a day — began
shortly afterward. The water is being delivered to four
temporary water tanks, piped to a water treatment station,
then piped to the park’s three permanent holding tanks.
ready to go,” Hardin said Tuesday of the project. For May
and June, the cost of hauling the water, which is being done
by Action Sanitary of Lower Lake, Calif., is projected at
nearly $400,000 while the cost of buying water from the city
of Chiloquin is more than $37,000.
Testing the waters
said it’s been a multi-step process to provide the park with
water. The two tanker-trucks hauling water from Chiloquin
were tested Friday to ensure there is no harmful bacteria.
After Friday’s negative results, a second test was done
Monday to verify the new tanks at the park were bacteria
worked hard to get the tank farm set up, plumbed and water
delivered to the tanks,” Hardin said. “There were many
hurdles to overcome to make this happen. There were multiple
steps to ensure that the water is safe for our consumption.”
park needs an alternative water source because of the
Klamath Tribes’ call on water earlier this month. Annie
Creek, which normally supplies the park’s water, is a
tributary of the Wood River and Upper Klamath Lake watershed
affected by the call.
Because of previous water shortage concerns, park officials
began efforts in 2013 to develop a well and system for an
alternative source of water. By this fall, water from a new,
previously drilled park well will be transferred to water
storage tanks. Because of this winter’s heavy snow — the
park has received more than 570 inches of snow this winter —
digging a permanent pipeline between the well and holding
tanks cannot be immediately done.
have a contract in place to put our well online this
summer,” Hardin said. “We are working with this contractor
on installing a temporary tank, generator and overland
piping from the well to Annie Creek pump house. We hope to
have this in process by the end of June.”
Over land, snow
and Marsha McCabe, the park’s public affairs officer, said
the temporary overland piping will be laid across the snow
from the well to the treatment pump house until the
permanent line can be buried.
and Hardin emphasized the water, being taken from Chiloquin
fire hydrants, is potable water. Chiloquin does not
chlorinate its water, something the park is required to do
by National Park Service regulations.
water hauling and testing process began Friday after
plumbing for the temporary tanks was completed. Each of the
two water trucks deposited 6,000 gallons of water in two
tanks. Samples from both trucks were taken to check for
harmful bacteria, with both being negative. On Saturday,
after the four temporary tanks were filled with 20,000
gallons of water, chlorine was added to kill any harmful
bacteria. After waiting 24 hours to complete the “shocking,”
the tanks were emptied. On Monday, the tanks were refilled
with 20,000 gallons of water and final bacteria tests were
the trucking, the two trucks will transport water from
Chiloquin to the park’s temporary water tanks. The water
will go through the park’s water treatment pump house.
said the park typically uses about 36,000 gallons a day in
May with use increasing as summer visitation spikes,
especially in July and August.
said the park has three permanent tanks with about 500,000
gallons of total storage. She said the water comes in at the
Annie Springs pump house and is pumped to the Mazama Tank
and the Munson Tank. Water from the Munson Tank is pumped up
to the Garfield Tank. The Mazama Tank supplies the Annie
Creek Restaurant, Mazama Campground, Mazama Cabins and
Xanterra dorms. The Munson Tank at park headquarters
supplies Park Service housing and headquarters buildings.
The Garfield Tank supplies the Rim Village area.
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