On July 18, 2019, The Tillamook Police department notified the Oceanside Water district that an individual whose vehicle was found near our main reservoirs indicated that an attempt was made to contaminate our water system. This person was having a mental crisis and saying things about contaminating the water, said Lieutenant Jim Horton from the Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office. This person was taken to the hospital and there were no criminal charges.
Although there is no evidence to suggest this individual has succeeded or even gained access to our reservoirs, as our customers, you have a right to know that we are working with local law enforcement and as a precaution have discontinued using those reservoirs until they can be drained, re-filled, and the entire distribution system flushed. We are urging customers not to drink the water until further notified.
You should avoid drinking water until further notified. We anticipate resolving the situation within the next few days.
DO NOT BOIL THE WATER. Boiling does not reduce the amount of some contaminants and may even concentrate them. Over-the-counter filters may also not be effective. If you have specific health concerns, consult your doctor.
If you have a severely compromised immune system, have an infant or children, are pregnant, or elderly, you may be at increased risk and should seek advice from your health care provider about drinking this water.
The Oceanside water district takes threats like this very seriously and therefore have taken the reservoirs in question out of service and will be draining and flushing them prior to returning them to service. They will be flushing the distribution system to ensure all possibly contaminated water is removed. They are also sending out samples collected to try to determine what contaminate if any was introduced into our system. They anticipate resolving the problem by July 23nd 2019.