Test Results


Baker City has received the laboratory testing results related to the water supply contamination on Tuesday, October 27, of PHOS-CHEK WD881 Class A Foam Concentrate fire suppression foam. Four samples were taken testing, the results are shown above.

The samples were taken between 4:30 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 28. Public Works crews continued to flush the system throughout the day after sampling was completed.

The EPA established National Secondary Drinking Water Regulations (NSDWRs) that set non-mandatory water quality standards for 15 contaminants not regulated or mandated. These standards are established as guidelines to assist public water systems in managing their drinking water for aesthetic considerations, such as taste, color, and odor. These contaminants are not considered to present a risk to human health at the SMCL.

Further information regarding EPA Secondary Drinking Water Standards: Guidance for Nuisance Chemicals may be found at:


The health and safety of the community we serve is the top priority of Baker City Public Works. We appreciate the understanding and cooperation our citizens have shown during this recent incident.

This notice is being sent to you by the Baker City Water Department.

PWS ID# 4100073

Date Distributed: October 30, 2020


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Business Oregon:  https://www.oregon4biz.com/Coronavirus-Information/

Oregon Employment Department:  https://www.oregon.gov/employ/Pages/COVID-19.aspx

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Baker County:  Baker County is the lead on local response. https://www.bakercountycovid19.com/ 

Oregon: The Oregon Health Authority leads the state response. 

United States: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention leads the U.S. response

World Health Organization: The World Health Organization guides the global response.

Governor’s Office, State of Oregon

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