Announcements Oregon Water Resources Grant - Tuesday, June 5, 2012Tri City Water & Sanitary Authority received a $16,500 grant from Oregon Water Resources Department in order to provide a preliminary engineering analysis and recommendation for improvement of its water storage and distribution system. This is a matching grant, which means that for every dollar that Tri City spends up to $16,500, Oregon Water Resources will match it. This will primarily address the addition or enlargement of current water storage at the south end of the district.This area was identified as deficient in storage in both the 2006 Water Master Plan and also the Risk Failure Analysis that was completed in 2010. To qualify for this grant, TCWSA had to show that this project will provide means to improve deficiencies and more efficient water usage. It is believed that conservation and efficiency benefits will ultimately reduce the demand on the South Umpqua River especially during the summer when the river historically runs at its lowest level. Additional water storage would enable TCWSA to pump less water from the South Umpqua during critical periods for water quality and fish habitat. Water Line Insurance - Friday, March 9, 2012Solicitations by mail or otherwise asking TCWSA residents to “insure their water lines” is not being initiated or endorsed by Tri City Water and Sanitary Authority. Several customers have been contacted by mail over the past several months recommending that they buy insurance that would cover waterline repairs. Beware that this is not something that is required and not something that we are making recommendations for or against. Homeowners are responsible for their own water lines from the meter into their homes. TCWSA is responsible for the water main lines and lines up to and including the water meter It is our understanding that the information from the companies that are sending out the proposals to insure water lines may be using “scare tactics” to promote this insurance. Surrounding communities have been receiving similar contact soliciting insurance to cover the water lines. As with any solicitation, be very careful when giving out credit card or personal information. Safety Grant Awarded - Thursday, January 19, 2012TCWSA received a 50 – 50 safety grant from Special Districts of Oregon for $1,946, or half of the expense to install additional security fencing at the Authority’s water storage tanks. This project had been completed in September of 2011. Tri City was one of 130 applications for their 2012 matching safety grant program.