NEAR WHITE CITY, Ore. — Following up on a story you first saw here on NewsWatch12 last week, the dye used to measure the flow of treated water from the Medford Sewage Treatment Plant forced a brief shutdown at the Grants Pass Water Treatment Plant.
Last Wednesday, Medford officials dumped 15 gallons of a non-toxic dye into treated water lagoons to see how far it dispersed into the Rogue River.
They say they never expected the dye plume would stay intact all the way to Grants Pass by the next day. When Grants Pass Water Treatment officials noticed an unusual stain in their filters early Thursday, they shut down the plant, just in case.
“Because it was something so unusual, that the treatment process wasn’t really liking it, we went ahead and shut down for a little bit, until we could run some checks and figure out if there was any risk to water quality, which there was not,” said Treatment Plant Superintendent Jason Canady.
Medford officials had notified DEQ and fish and wildlife of the test, but not city users like Gold Hill and Grants Pass. The Gold Hill City Manager says he accidentally found out while talking with someone from DEQ, who mentioned the Medford test.