Nibley City staff, with the support of personnel from multiple other agencies, have been working around the clock since Wednesday to remove contamination from the City's water system. Beginning last night and finishing this morning, crews completed a second flush of the water system.
The City sent water samples for testing yesterday. Official results were received today and show the water is clean. A second set of samples was sent to the lab this morning. Results from those tests also showed the water to be clean.
The City consulted with the Utah Department of Drinking Water and the Bear River Health Department regarding the results and the City was given authorization to lift restrictions. The City is proceeding from a Do-Not-Use status to a Do-Not-Drink status as an extra precaution until additional flushing is completed.
Tests indicated that the water met acceptable levels for use. However, the City is leaving the "Do Not Drink" restriction in place while additional tests and cleaning takes place. Although the water has tested clean, residents may still notice an odor in the water. This is because an odor can be detected even when it is at an acceptable level for consumption and use.
As part of the transition to the Do-Not-Drink status, the City must implement a plan to flush water lines in residents' homes. Residents will be asked to systematically flush the water pipes in their homes according to a schedule issued by the city, with different parts of the city flushing at different times. Instructions on how to flush household pipes are posted on the City's website, www.nibleycity.com, along with a schedule for when different areas of the city can flush their lines.
It is critical that residents follow the schedule posted by the City in order to ensure the City's water and sewer systems are not overwhelmed.
Residents are encouraged to go to www.nibleycity.com to sign up for the City's community alert system to ensure they receive future notifications.
The City plans to continue cleaning the water storage tanks and will reevaluate system safety over the weekend to determine when the Do-Not-Drink order might be lifted.
Updates will continue to be posted at www.nibleycity.com and www.facebook.com/nibley. The City will use these resources, as well as its community alert system, to notify residents when all restrictions have been lifted.
Nibley Water Emergency Update – 2 p.m. Friday: Crews completed another flush of the water system this morning. The city expects to have results from water sample tests by 9 p.m. tonight. Depending on the results of the test, the city may implement a flushing plan in which residents will be asked to systematically flush the water pipes in their homes. If that plan is implemented, residents will be asked to flush according to a schedule issued by the city, with different parts of the city flushing at different times. Instructions on how to flush household pipes would also be issued at that time. Residents are encouraged to sign up for the City's community alert system to ensure they receive notification of when it is okay for them to flush.
Nibley Water Emergency Update- 7 p.m. Thursday: Crews continued to flush the water system throughout the day today. The focus was on the city's reservoir tanks. Another major, citywide full system flush will occur tonight and extend into the early morning hours. Please be cautious of water on the roadways as well as work crews in those areas.
Nibley Water Emergency Update- 10 a.m. Thursday: Crews completed flushing the water system at 7 a.m. today. Further flushing will be ongoing as a precaution. Water samples were taken this morning and just arrived at the lab. The lab has advised that test results will not be available until late tomorrow, Friday, afternoon. Please do not use water until we have confirmation of clean test results. Experts are advising that even after lab tests show water is safe to drink, the odor and taste may still be detectable for some time.
Nibley Water Emergency Update- 1:30 a.m. Thursday: Crews are flushing the water system throughout the city, which is resulting in large amounts of water on the roadway in places. Please use caution. And most of all, please keep an eye out for the crew members on the roadsides.
Nibley Water Emergency Update- 9 p.m. Wednesday: Throughout the night Wednesday night, and possibly into Thursday morning, crews will begin flushing water from hydrants throughout Nibley City. Hazmat crews will be on hand at these locations to assist City crews and to mitigate any contaminants that might be present.
Nibley Water Emergency Update- 8 p.m. Wednesday: Nibley City today issued an order directing its residents, businesses and other users of its culinary water system to not use water from the system until further notice.
Residents contacted the city reporting a foul odor in the water. City public works crews, in cooperation with other agencies, investigated and took samples from the water system for testing.
Officials believe they have identified the source of the contamination. Evidence collected so far suggests the system may have been contaminated by a recent diesel fuel spill near the city's spring. However, the investigation is ongoing. The contamination appears to have only affected one of the city's three water sources, which is the spring. The city's other two sources, which are deep water wells, do not appear to have been affected, and steps have been taken to protect them.
The spring has been isolated from the rest of the system and the system is being flushed. Once the system has been flushed, new water samples will be taken. Residents will be notified after water tests confirm contaminants have been cleared from the system. Residents should avoid using the water for drinking, cooking, washing, bathing or watering animals until that time. Flushing toilets is permissible and residents do not need to turn off their water service to their house.
Neighboring cities have set up watering stations where residents can obtain water until water service is restored. A list of the watering station locations, along with other updates, can be found at www.nibleycity.com. Logan City has also made showers at its Recreation Center at Logan High School available to Nibley residents.
Nibley City has been posting additional information, pictures and news stories on the city’s Facebook page. To gain access to this information please visit https://www.facebook.com/nibley and “like” our page. Updates will continue to be posted on our webpage as well.
Nibley City has a reverse 911 system that we use to call, text, and email our residents in cases of emergency or to communicate other important information. This system is linked with our utility account system to make sure we are able to contact as many people as possible. If you are worried about your contact information being out of date, want to add more information, or were not contacted by the system about the water contamination, you can sign up at http://nibleycity.com/ by clicking on the blue button labeled “Community Alert System” on the right side of the homepage. You can also signup with the link below. You may also sign up more than one member of your household to receive alerts.
Many of the surrounding cities have made water taps available for Nibley residents to fill water containers. The addresses are located below:
Providence City Zollinger Park will have three taps available with hoses. Address is 200 W 50 N Providence.
Hyrum City Senior Center will have three taps available. One out front, one by the garage, and one by the tennis court. Address is 675 E Main Hyrum.
Millville City Hall has two frost hydrants. Address is 510 E 300 S Millville.
A self-serve water station is set up at Nibley Park at 294 W 3200 S in Nibley.
There are cases of water in the Nibley City parking lot reserved for the disabled, elderly, infants, or people who are otherwise unable to obtain water from the stations listed above.
The Logan Community Center has offered to allow Nibley residents the use of their showers. Nibley residents just need to tell the front desk they are from Nibley and they will let you back. Their address is 195 S 100 W Logan, located in Logan High School
Residents of Nibley City are under an immediate order to not use their culinary water. Diesel fuel has been discovered in the City’s spring and has contaminated the water. The City is working quickly to isolate the spring. Once that has been done, the culinary water system will be flushed and the diesel removed from the spring.
We do not know the exact time when residents will again be able to use their culinary water. We are suggesting people be prepared for 48 hours without water.
Please note, THIS IS NOT A BOIL-ONLY ORDER. Boiling the water will not remove the contamination. This is a strict prohibition against using culinary water.
The city has cleared the use of your toilets, but do not wash your hand with the cities culinary water afterward.
Residents will be notified when it is once again safe to use their culinary water.
The Nibley City Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to receive comment concerning a proposed ordinance regulating telecommunication towers. The public hearing will be held on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 5:30 p.m., or as soon thereafter as can be heard and will be held at the Nibley City Hall, 455 West 3200 South, Nibley, UT
A copy of the proposed ordinance may be found here.
The Nibley Children’s Theatre is excited to announce this year’s Heritage Days 2015 production: Baba Yaga and the Enchanted Ring. A traditional Russian folk tale full of adventure and fun. Join us as the witch Baba Yaga guides Prince Ivan and his animal friends on his quest for a lost magical ring which will free his queen mother the Tsaritsa Yelena and save his kingdom from the evil Vladimir. Signups will be online April 1- May 23.
Auditions for speaking roles are being held from May 8-9.
The Nibley City Council will meet on Thursday, April 16 at 6:30 p.m. at Nibley City Hall to select a plan for rerouting the 3200 S SR-165 intersection. Nibley City conducted a study in late 2014 to determine how best to improve and realign the intersections at 3200 South/SR-165 and Mill Road/SR-165. Both intersections have a history of accidents ranging from minor to deadly.