From left, Gary and Joy Lapping, and Maria and Larry Myott, enjoy Labor Day in 2017 at Waterloo County Park along with Ava the dog. That year, Linn County had to bring in a 10,000 gallon tank to provide potable water at the campground over the busy weekend.

A long-standing problem with failing potable water wells at Waterloo Campground in Waterloo, Ore., is about to be resolved.

Tuesday (March 27) morning Linn County Commissioners Roger Nyquist and Will Tucker gave Parks Director Brian Carroll permission to accept a $50,000 grant from the Oregon State Parks & Recreation Department that will be matched with $50,000 in local funds, labor and equipment to drill a new well.

Carroll said the county has been dealing with three failing wells at the park for years and matters came to a head last summer.

“We had to bring in a 10,000-gallon portable tank to make it through the Labor Day weekend,” Carroll said.

Carroll said the popular campground between Lebanon and Sweet Home has 120 sites and has been served by three wells, one of which was drilled in the 1960s.

One of the wells had produced 30 to 35 gallons per minute of water, but is now down to 3 to 5 gallons per minute and continues to drop in production.

Carroll said that on busy days, the campground may use more than 10,000 gallons of water.

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