C. Oregon Nonprofits Respond and Provide Water to Warm Springs Residents After Fire and System Outage

Donations are sought, collected in the region

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) — After an underground electrical fire on Friday destroyed most of Warm Springs’ water supply systems, several organizations in central Oregon have banded together, collecting supplies and asking for donations.

“Donate jugs of water or donate funds so we can get big jugs and/or water trucks up there,” Helpers executive director Jon Riggs said Monday.

Donations may also include Safeway gift cards.

Riggs said that right now the local nonprofit is fundraising. They are also coordinating with the water companies to get a bigger water source in Warm Springs.

“So there are five main water towers, and three of them are dry, and the other two are obviously going to be dry soon, Riggs said.

Central Oregon Peacekeepers president Luke Richter says the community has been generous.

“We’re in the United States of America, and there are communities that just don’t have access to reliable drinking water right now, which makes absolutely no sense,” Richter said.

Riggs noted that 40 people have already donated.

Warm Springs issued an emergency water conservation advisory after a fire broke out at their water treatment plant on Friday. There is no specific timeline yet for when this will be repaired, but Pacific Power crews were on site Friday to move the effort forward.

People living in the agency area, Upper Dry Creek, Sunnyside, Wolfe Point and the Kah-Nee-Ta hamlets are urged to limit their water usage.

To make things easier, Helpers have set up donation depots for Multi-Gallon Jugs and Safeway Gift Cards at the following locations:

Bend – 2198 NE Shepard Road (Porch Landing is preferred)
Redmond – 939 NW Fir (Porch Landing is preferred)
Madras – Madras Garden Depot, 165 N. Highway 26 (Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

You can also send Venmo payments to @helpers-nonprofit-1

“So pretty much what we’re going to do in a loop, and we’ll pass and take it all and take it all the way to Warm Springs,” Riggs said.

With the scarcity of such a vital source, the Helpers plan to run the water frequently.

“Our native neighbors need help,” Richter said. “Anything we can do for each other, we try to help each other.”

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