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City of White Bird without drinking water due to undetermined problem

Emergency declared; water available for residents

White Bird

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White Bird

— The city of White Bird is without drinking water due to an as-yet undetermined system problem that became noticeable last Friday, Nov. 24, and continued to worsen.

In an official statement released today, Thursday, Nov. 30, the city stated it has declared a state of emergency and activated the IdWARN system (a state-wide Water and Wastewater Agency Response Network).

Work under way to address the current problem:

  • Starting Friday, Dec. 1, a potable water truck will be coming from Peters & Keatts Equipment to begin filling the city’s water storage tanks.
  • The city has brought in honey pots and placed them throughout town.
  • Bottled water is being provided, thanks to donations from Cash-n-Carry, North 40 and Idaho Beverage/Pepsi. The city has also had to purchase some pallets of water, and it has borrowed two pickle barrels from CHS/Primeland and have water available for those who need more.
  • According to the release, the city is working with IRWA (Idaho Rural Water Association), Mountain Waterworks (city’s engineers) Idaho County Disaster Management & several volunteers.

What the city knows so far

Currently there has not been a leak found with the leak detection equipment that IRWA brought and they have turned off the valves going to the service lines along with the water meters.

The next step is to test the lines with air pressure to look for leaks and begin filling the storage tanks to also assist in leak detection.

Mountain Waterworks is currently working on finding us emergency funding through a couple of different agencies.

The residents of White Bird are encouraged to contact City Hall for any of their needs: 208-839-2294 or .

According to the city, “We thank you so much for your patience. We will get this problem fixed as we have fantastic resources that are working very hard for us.”


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