Myrtle Creek Increases Capacity

City: Myrtle Creek, OR

The city of Myrtle Creek was having water distribution issues, especially meeting water needs during times of peak usage. Business Oregon's Infrastructure Finance Authority helped the city solve its capacity problems with a $1.6 million loan from the Safe Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund.

The city has an aging system and it was determined that additional storage capacity would be needed for them to meet current demands. The solution consisted of the installation of an additional one million gallon treated water storage tank, 1,500-foot gravel access road and approximately 2,500 feet of 12-inch water line. The new tank will help the city maintain reserve capacity during peak water demand, emergencies and times of fire fighting. The new tank installation also will improve the hydraulics of the distribution system by adding a pressure supply point one mile from other storage tanks around the city.

The city's current water system consists of more than 22 miles of water mains, 152 fire hydrants and serves more than 3,500 residents of which 45.9% have low to moderate incomes. The new storage capacity will not only allow the city to meet their current needs, it has positioned them for growth by creating additional capacity for new water hook-ups in the future.