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Junction City has two-week chlorine supply amid shortage

Chlorine is used to disinfect water before it is released into distribution system, and the shortage is affecting several states.

Posted: Jun 18, 2021 12:07 PM
Updated: Jun 18, 2021 6:36 PM

JUNCTION CITY, Ore. -- Amid a massive chlorine shortage, Junction City officials say they have a two-week supply of chlorine.

Longview, Washington, manufacturing facility Westlake Chemical recently suffered electrical failures, causing a chlorine shortage in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Northern California. Chlorine is used to disinfect water before it is released into distribution systems.

However, Junction City says its tap water is still clean and safe to drink and they have a 14-day supply. 

Officials in Eugene and Springfield also said customers would not see any issues caused by the shortage.

Despite this, some residents in Junction City aren't thrilled about the chlorine shortage. Jessi Beat, a bussiness owner and mother, said she doesn't normally trust the water. 

"A lot of people are affected, especially in their homes. You've got young children, you're scared to put them in the bath water, you're scared to give them a shower, you're scared to let them drink the water. You're constantly wondering is this safe, is this okay? Do I let it sit, or should I boil it first?" said Beat. 

MORE: STATEWIDE CHLORINE SHORTAGE NOT EXPECTED TO AFFECT EUGENE-SPRINGFIELD WATER

The manufacturing facility should be repaired by the end of the month, according to the Oregon Office of Emergency Management.

Jason Knope, city administrator in Junction City, said the city is confident that changes being put in place will help move the city forward.

“We’re mindful of the situation, but we’re not in a panic,” Knope said.

Residents like Beat still want to know what they can do to save some water. 

"We want to really understand why there's a shortage, you know and how we can fix that shortage and what things we need to do as a city to make it happen," said Beat. 

According to the Oregon Office of Emergency Management, the only water that should be used is drinking water. 

And over the weekend, the city is implementing their own measures to save water, such as shutting off water in local parks and other city-owned areas. If there are no improvements, then the city will ask residents to do their part to save water. This includes not washing your car or not watering your lawn. Basically, any outdoor activities that aren't needed. 

"We’re confident that we’ll need to effect the changes we need to," Knope said. 

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