Small town gets federal grant to restore running water
A small town in northwest Oregon is getting a $1 million grant to restore running water after the town’s water treatment facility burned during last year’s Labor Day fires.
The grant for the City of Detroit, coming from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, should allow it to create a temporary ultrafiltration packaged plant that will supply potable water.
The Statesman Journal reports that Mayor Jim Trett said it wasn’t clear when the water would actually be running. It could take anywhere from two weeks to a month or longer.
The fix is also temporary. Detroit will still have to figure out a long-term solution. For months since the fire, the county has been providing potable water via a water truck at the city park for a few hours each day.
Detroit is located in Marion County and has a population of about 80.