In 2019, the City of Cannon Beach finalized its Water Resilience Plan to protect the community’s water system in the event of an earthquake and/or tsunami and began seeking loans to pay for the project. , said Karen La Bonte, director of public works for the city.
On Feb. 4, the city received $3.2 million with 1% interest over 30 years and a $515,000 principal forgiveness to pay for Phase 2 of the multi-year project, according to the city.
The Business Oregon state agency, through the Safe Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund, provided the federal funding for the project, La Bonte said. “These loans are competitive – it’s not like there’s an endless supply of money.”
The three-phase project includes replacing the city’s aging water pipes and replacing the concrete reservoir, she said. The project aims to ensure that the community has access to safe drinking water within 72 hours of a disaster.
“The main priority for this multi-year project is to ensure we can get water to the community within 72 hours of an event,” La Bonte said. “It’s been statistically proven that no one can make it” unless they have water within 72 hours.
“The focus of Phase 2 of this project will be to replace aging water pipes with HDPE (high density polyethylene) pipes which have proven to be very effective in seismic areas,” as noted in the city’s summary. . “The city has three springs in the city’s watershed. The pipes from the sources to the water treatment plant and from the water treatment plant to the main reservoir are susceptible to failure during a seismic event; most of these pipes are old asbestos concrete pipes. In addition, a filling station will be created either at the recreational vehicle park or at the City’s maintenance yard. The filling station would allow water to be dispensed into containers or tankers for public use within 72 hours of an emergency that damaged distribution systems to individual homes and businesses.
La Bonte said the pipes would crack in the event of an earthquake and “are unlikely to survive” such an event.
She said the work hadn’t started yet. When Business Oregon approves the city’s RFP, phase one is expected to be completed in 2023; phase two in 2024 and phase three in 2026.
The city summary states: “Phase I – Seismic Valves. Funding for this phase of the project was awarded on 7/9/21 for $586,000 at 1% interest over 30 years and a 50% forgivable principle. The RFQ/RFP is currently being reviewed by Business Oregon and is expected to be released for public tender in April 2022. Expected completion of this phase of the project is 2023.
“Phase 2 – Line Replacement. Funding for this phase of the project was granted on 2/4/22 for $3.2 million at 1% interest over 30 years and a principal forgiveness of $515,000 The city is currently drafting the RFQ/RFP which will be submitted to Business Oregon for review prior to issuing a public tender.The expected completion for this phase of the project is 2024.
“Phase 3 – Reservoir Replacement. This phase of the project is in the process of reviewing applications with Business Oregon for funding, totaling $15.8 million. Assuming funding is granted, the estimated completion of this final phase of the project is 2026.”
The city plans to replace the current water reservoir in Phase 1, she said. “We know it won’t survive a disaster” and neither will the pipes. The city plans to build a “filling station”, which will allow them to fill portable water tanks. “It’s all about bringing water to people.” The tank would also not withstand an earthquake and will be replaced.