Drinking Water at Jackson County Park 'May Have Been Contaminated'

Water at Cantrall Buckley Park is not currently potable, according to county officials—a condition that likely began on July 18.

Posted: Jul 24, 2018 11:11 AM
Updated: Jul 24, 2018 3:28 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. — If you visited Cantrall Buckley Park within the last week and began feeling sick shortly after, the Jackson County Parks department may have found the reason why.

According to a statement from the County, the water system at Cantrall Buckley Park "may have been contaminated" from the evening of July 18 until the early morning of July 23, 2018. The release also says that there is no potable water currently available at the park.

"If you were at this park during these dates and drank, or used the water for any reason including washing your hands, and have experienced gastrointestinal symptoms such as diarrhea and or vomiting, please consult with a medical professional immediately," the County statement reads.

Jackson County Parks explains that the potable water holding tank at the park was contaminated with water from the kitchen and shower units of a nearby fire camp beginning on July 18.

After learning of the possible contamination, the Parks department says that they notified the Jackson County Health department, shut down the water system, closed all restrooms and immediately began draining and flushing the potable water lines. They will be "sanitized and flushed" until they meet State of Oregon drinking water standards—verified by samples tested at an independent laboratory.

The Parks department expects the Cantrall Buckley facilities to be useable by the end of day, Thursday, July 26, 2018.

Concerned citizens can contact Chad Petersen of Jackson County Environmental Health Department at 541-774-7824 to report an illness. Steve Lambert with Jackson County Parks may be contacted at 541-774-6303 for additional information.

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