Leak drains 220,000 gallon Cape Meares reservoir

A 3/4 inch leak in a 65 lbs pressure line caused the reservoir to lose 60,000 gallons of water per day

The reservoir was empty, and crews had to refill it to find the leak. October 5, 2016, (KOIN)

CAPE MEARES, Ore. (KOIN) — A small pressure line leak resulted in a 220,000 gallon Cape Meares water reservoir emptying.

The Oceanside Water District said a 3/4 inch leak in a 65 lbs pressure line caused the reservoir to lose 60,000 gallons of water per day. This caused issues for many residents and led to a boil order being issued.

To find the leak, officials had to refill the reservoir. When they found the leak, they discovered the water was spilling into a nearby creek.

Currently, crews have to manually check water levels in the reservoir, but the Oceanside Water District said it has a $7.2 million loan going toward a new membrane and system that will have the ability to measure water levels and report that information back. It is expected to be ready in 2017.

Until then, crews will have to continue manually checking water levels in the reservoir.

The reservoir was empty, and crews had to refill it to find the leak. October 5, 2016, (KOIN)
The reservoir was empty, and crews had to refill it to find the leak. October 5, 2016, (KOIN)