Many safety precautions concerning a town or city are hindered as a result of poor water pressure, natural disasters or shoddy water distribution. For the Northwest town of Oregon City, Oregon, all three have occurred over time, causing significant apartment water damage to a local complex.
To keep citizens from avoiding a high water bill and making sure the public safety remains, Oregon City's Public Works Department may declare a large apartment housing complex affected by landslides as "unfit for occupancy," according to The Oregonian. Although there is still debate over whether or not the city should pay for repairs, leaky pipes continue to soften the already trodden and sliding dirt that the 110-unit complex stands on.
"It's just a matter of time before it becomes too dangerous to occupy," city manager David Frasher told the source. The city determined that a new water main line must be installed to ensure that everyone in the complex would be protected from more slidings and that pipes would be equipped with proper water conservation sealings.
The public works department convened on its water master plan in February and has since been concerned about landslides and the lack of water pressure for fire hydrants, making the short-term solution for fixing plumbing leaks in this small town of the utmost importance.