Outside the Clallam Bay Library residents wait to get water from a PUD water truck. Submitted Photo

Outside the Clallam Bay Library residents wait to get water from a PUD water truck. Submitted Photo

NOLS partners with others to help with Clallam Bay water crisis

  • Thu Dec 2nd, 2021 9:46am
  • Life

During the recent aftermath of the storm and damage to Clallam Bay’s water source, drinking water and Sani-Can portable restrooms were available at the North Olympic Library System’s (NOLS) Clallam Bay Branch Library.

Water was available via water bottles or via a Clallam PUD water truck. Each person was allowed to pick-up six water bottles daily. The water truck and portable restrooms were available daily 24/7.

Water access in Sekiu and Clallam Bay had been extremely limited since the storm on Monday, November 15, that wiped out the main water line that provides drinking water to residents.

NOLS partnered with Clallam County Emergency Management, Clallam County Fire District Five, Clallam PUD, and the Clallam Bay School to ensure that residents of Clallam Bay continue to have access to drinking water.

Clallam Bay boil-water advisory lifted

Last Thursday Clallam Bay customers were advised that they now had dependable, potable water after a boil-water advisory was lifted on Wednesday.

Tests of water samples came back clean after water service was restored to the community on Tuesday.

Running water had been cut off due to a massive landslide between Clallam Bay and Sekiu during the Nov. 15 storms.

A bypass pipeline was constructed around the landslide by the Clallam County Public Utility District, which had arranged for water to be trucked into town while service was suspended.

State Department of Transportation crews are working on clearing the landslide, which still has Neah Bay cut off. No date has been given for when the state Highway 112 will be cleared.