Yesterday, Baker City’s municipal water supply was contaminated with a small amount (estimated to be less than 15 gallons) of PHOS-CHEK WD881 Class A Foam Concentrate fire suppression foam. Since that time, Public Works crews have flushed approximately 500,000 gallons of water through the city distribution system.

Public Works Department staff have consulted with representatives with the Department of Human Services Oregon Health Authority (OHA.) Toxicologists with OHA have reviewed the available information regarding the foam concentrate. It has been determined that the main ingredient is non-hazardous. The Environmental Working Group (ewg.org) gave the ingredient a low toxicity score and found that it is a common ingredient in cosmetic products.

Based in these findings, OHA is advising that it is safe to use the water like normal with the following recommendations:

● Flush your water really well prior to use for 5+ minutes, or until the temperature of the cold water drops, which indicates that water from the mainline has made its way through your plumbing.

● Do not drink water if there are:

 - Suds or foaming

 - Unusual odors or tastes.

Click HERE for a link to the US Forest Service health assessment of Class A foams.

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

PWS ID# 4100073

Date Distributed: October 28, 2020


Businesses affected by this outbreak can stay informed of assistance programs and new regulations by following these links:

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

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

Stay Informed:

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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