Public Works

Halsey’s Public Works Crew is responsible for day-to-day maintenance, operation, and repair of the water, wastewater, and storm water systems.They also perform maintenance and repairs for all City parks, streets, and City owned buildings.

They also are on-call at all times for emergencies, such as leaks on city property or helping to locate a shut off valve if you are experiencing a leak or back up in your home.Please call 541-369-2522 for the on-call phone number if you are in need of immediate assistance . (After hours call-out fee may apply. Public Works does not repair leaks or other issues on the customer side, please contact your plumber).


Picture2-221x300It is important to know where your customer water shut-off valve is located.There may come a time when you need to turn off your water supply,whether it be for an emergency such as a burst pipe, or home renovations.
The City’s valve is located before the meter.Customers are prohibited from tampering with the City valve, per Halsey Municipal Code. Doing so could result in a fine of up to $500. Located beyond the meter box on the customer side is your backflow device, which contains valves that can be used to shut-off your service.Additionally, there is a customer gate valve beyond the backflow device that can also be used.


IMG952016030295083404488-169x300Halsey’s water supply comes from two wells.The sewage system is gravity based and is pumped to a lagoon system located west of town on Powerline Road.For more details about each system, click the accordion links below.

As many of the water and sewer pipes were installed in 1969, it is becoming necessary to make plans for upgrading the system in the future.This kind of project is very expensive. Bids for improving the water system in stages were created by the City Engineer. By those bids, replacing the aging parts of the water system in the whole town would cost about $2.9 million.The City is exploring options to plan for the future needs of the town while minimizing the costs to the citizens.


Water System
Where Does Halsey’s Water Come From?

Fresh water in the City of Halsey comes from two wells that are capable of producing 450 gallons per minute combined.The primary well is used on a regular basis,and the secondary well is used when the water reservoir level reaches 28 ½ feet.
The water is injected with chlorine and then passes through a three-stage filtration system designed to remove iron and manganese.The water is then pumped to the reservoirs for storage, which can hold a combined 750,000 gallons. From there, a 30 hp pump supplies water to the distribution system. There are three 100 hp booster pumps for fire suppression, which insure adequate flow and pressure in the event of a fire.
The Water Treatment plant, the filtration system, and the booster pump station were all built in 1998 as part of the City’s water system upgrade.It was a $2.1 million dollar project. The water bond that is paid every year as part of your property taxes goes to pay for this project.

Water Quality

Like most of the Willamette Valley and 85% of the United States, Halsey has hard water.Hard water is caused by mineral deposits and is a nuisance-but is not harmful to your health.Halsey’s water is moderately hard, at 81.7 ppm, with 23.2% of calcium salt and 60% of calcium carbonate.
Many Halsey residents have water softeners, which reduce mineral content in the water and help extend the life of household appliances.Hard water also makes it difficult to rinse soap away from your hair and skin, which can cause dryness. If you do not have a water softener system, there are small hard water filters available that are designed to be attached above your shower head that can help with this issue.
For more information about Halsey’s Water System, including test results, please visit Oregon Public Health’s Drinking Water Online Data Site.

For the Annual Water Quality report, click here.
Sewer System
How It Works

A manhole post repair to reduce I&I.

The sewer system is a gravity flow system and is most shallow on the south and east sides of town. The wastewater flows through the collection system and is collected at the lift station located at W 6th and D Streets. This is the deepest part of the system at 30 feet. Two 25 hp pumps send the wastewater 1 ¼ miles to the Wastewater Facility located on Powerline Road, a facultative lagoon treatment facility that consists of three ponds (cells) influenced under anaerobic organism conditions which consists of three ponds. Cell 1 is the primary collection pond. There, heavy waste/sludge floats to the bottom where the anerobic microbiological organism treatment happens.Cells 2 and 3 collect most of the water. When the cells are full, excess is discharged into Muddy Creek.Prior to being discharged, the water flows through a treatment facility and is chlorinated and de-chlorinated. Discharge season generally begins in October and ends in April.

Inflow & Infiltration

Inflow & Infiltration(otherwise known as I&I) is when groundwater enters the wastewater collection system.The collection system was built in 1969, so it is aging and bound to have leaks.I&I increases the volume of wastewater that needs to be pumped and treated, thus putting a burden on the system and increasing costs. In 2008 the City started a process of running cameras through the collection system to identify leaks so that they could be repaired. Work to repair system leaks in manholes was completed in 2014 & 2015.

Pump Failure

In 2009,the lift station pumps both failed and had to be replaced with the current pumps.The new pumps cost $190,000.The City was able to pay for them using the sewer reserve fund.That fund was pretty well depleted by this expense and has not yet recovered.A portion of what citizens pay every year in utility bills is added into the reserve funds for sewer and water.These funds are then available for emergency repairs or planned upgrades.
Stormwater-IllustrationWhat is Stormwater?

Stormwater is water from rain or melting snow that does not soak into the ground. It flows from rooftops, over paved areas, bare soil, and sloped lawns. As it flows, stormwater runoff collects and transports animal waste, litter, salt, pesticides, fertilizers, oil & grease, soil and other potential pollutants.

Stormwater Drainage in Halsey

Halsey’s drainage system primarily consists of a series of ditches that flow into two main ditches, which then flow directly into muddy creek and ultimately into the Willamette River. The stormwater system is entirely separate from the sewer system, which means that contaminated stormwater entering the local waterways via our drainage system is untreated, and otherwise known as stormwater pollution.

Types of Stormwater Pollution & How to Prevent Them

There are many types of pollutants that find their way into storm drains. Some common pollutants found in storm sewers and creeks include:

  • Animal waste
  • Litter
  • Motor oil
  • Yard clippings
  • Fertilizers and pesticides
  • Soapy car wash water
  • Eroded sediment from construction projects
It’s important to remember that any type of surface water runoff, not just rainfall, can run into the storm sewer and collect in the stormwater management system. For example, when you wash your car on the driveway, that water, dirt, and grime ends up in the system. That’s why we need to be careful with what we put into the storm sewers as traces of all this material can end up in the stormwater system and our local waterways.Here are some things you can do to prevent stormwater pollution:

  • Remember: Only rain belongs in the drain!
  • Don’t dump anything down storm drains. Be sure to clear away leaves and debris.
  • Wash your car over your lawn or gravel.
  • This allows the ground to neutralize the soap and grime from your car rather than sending it directly to our creeks and streams. Use biodegradable or non-toxic soap that is phosphate-free. You can also take your car to a commercial car wash where wastewater is either recycled or treated.
  • Keep your car well-maintained.
  • Fix any fluid leaks promptly and make sure to clean up any spills. If you perform your own auto-maintenance, be sure to dispose of fluids properly. For information on disposal, contact Sweet Home Sanitation.
  • Use lawn or garden chemicals sparingly.
  • Choose organic alternatives when possible and check the weather forecast to avoid applying them before a storm.
  • Mow your lawn less often.
  • Try to keep your lawn at least 3″ in height to minimize weed growth, reduce the need for watering, and decrease the likelihood of pests. Leaving the clippings on the lawn can also help block weeds and retain moisture. Sweep your sidewalks and driveway rather than hosing them down.Plant native, low maintenance plants and grasses.
  • They often have longer root systems, which reduce the amount of chemicals and water needed.
  • Minimize runoff by not over-watering your lawn and garden.
  • Keep sprinklers on a timer to avoid pooling water.
  • Clean up pet waste.
  • Bag up pet waste and dispose of it in the trash to prevent harmful bacteria from washing into local waterways.
  • Consider minimizing impervious surfaces around your home.
  • Use bricks, gravel, cobbles, natural stone, or permeable pavers instead of asphalt or concrete when possible.
  • Do not drain your pool, spa, or fountain to a storm drain.
  • Allow chlorine to dissipate for several days. Test the water to ensure the residual chlorine is zero before slowly draining to a landscaped area.
  • Report Illicit Discharge
  • An illicit (illegal) discharge is any discharge to a municipal storm sewer system – storm drains, pipes, and ditches – that is not composed entirely of stormwater. Please report illicit discharge to the City of Halsey at 541-369-2522.
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