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Oregon's Largest Reservation Has Faced a Water Crisis Amid Covid-19 and Record Wildfires


March 31, 2021

Tribal staff work to repair Warm Springs' main water line. Photo from May 2019. (Warm Springs Facebook page)

WARM SPRINGS, Ore. - As the globe recognized World Water Day last week, about 90 tribal residents on Warm Springs Indian Reservation in northern Oregon were without clean water for several weeks after an electrical failure in its pump system put a section of the tribe on a boil water notice.

Some sections of the 1,000-square-mile reservation - the largest in the state - have been on a boil water notice on and off since last January, but pipes have been failing since 2017, according to tribal Emergency Manager Dan Martinez.

"The water has and will be an issue out there for about another week or two until we can remedy the problem with the pumping system," Martinez told Native News Online on March 25. Using emergency funding, the tribe rented outdoor showers and toilets, and brought in pallets of water and food for its impacted members. "But I think we still got three years of solving the water crisis."


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