Well No. 6 is the primary well for its pressure zone and the only well available in a high-pressure zone that could provide minimal water supply to lower pressure zones in the city during a power outage. The current pump was last repaired in 1994, and the backup pump lacks the capacity to service the pressure zone.
The pump covers service area including Walmart Distribution Center, Eastern Oregon Higher Education Center, Pioneer Seed, and Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center. Preventative maintenance will avoid significant inconvenience and loss of water to area businesses.
* The initial budget was based on full replacement of all mechanisms. Working closely with the contractor, and after disassembly and inspection, it was determined many components could be reconditioned rather than replaced, allowing them to be reutilized. Many parts had less wear than expected from a pumping system of this age and depth.