According to Dave Leland, a manager with the Department of Human Services in Portland, a few residents are concerned about the drinking water system.
"We've received all kinds of complaints for all kinds of things," he
said."We finally got some very specific allegations." He
was told that one of the tanks was used, and upon inspection, turned out to be lined with lead-based paint.
While the water itself was tested and found to be safe for drinking, said Leland
, the tank needs to be replaced.
During the inspection, the state also found unapproved wells included in the subdivision's water system.
"We realized there were more wells than had been approved," said Leland
."If it's for the public water, it needs to be planned."
There was one well in particular that did not have the required 100-foot protective easement around it. He
said each public well has to have a buffer that is owned by the water system or protected by an easement.
gave the Sunridge Association
a deadline of Sept. 20 to notify the residents and supply bottled water, which they did.
The association then had until Oct. 31 to hire a professional engineer to compare the water system with the approved plans and identify corrections, if any, that needed to be made.
"They missed our deadline," said Leland
So the association will face a $50 per day fine beginning next Friday, said Leland