Bulletin Staff Report

The power is back on at Bend’s wastewater facility on McGrath Road after an excavator working on a major sewer line project knocked out a power line Tuesday morning.

Around 8 a.m., a construction worker accidentally clipped a power line to the facility that treats the city’s wastewater while excavating for the North Interceptor Project — a large new sewer line being built from Bend to the treatment plant, said Public Works Director Paul Rheault. The power was restored around 2 p.m.

There appears to be no impacts from the outage. While power was out, generators were able to power certain functions at the plant, Rheault said.

Because of the duration of the outage, Rheault said it is also unlikely there will be any issues meeting the Department of Environmental Quality’s standards for wastewater.

“As far as we know, there are little to no impacts from this,” he said.

The water that flows to this facility does not ever reenter homes as drinking water or get distributed into local water sources, Rheault said. This water is either evaporated or filtrated into the groundwater over time in city holding ponds.

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