Director of Public Works
(541) 588-0444 Cell
(541) 280-9786 Cell
(541) 419-0975 Cell
Dale (Gus) Johnson
(541) 588-0919 Cell
(541) 419-2561 Cell
The City of Sisters is working hard to keep you driving, biking and strolling safely on our city streets. Stay updated on the latest closures, street conditions and construction reports. “Don't fear the cone”
Weekly curbside collection of solid waste is done by High Country Disposal on Tuesday or Thursday. Roll carts for recyclable materials and yard debris are also available and are picked up every other week.
Click Here for roll cart preparation guide.
Click Here for High Country Disposal Winter Announcement.
Please go to: http://highcountrydisposal.com or call (541) 548-4984 for more information.
The Department of Solid Waste oversees the management of solid waste in Deschutes County. Solid waste disposal for the rural areas occurs at 4 transfer stations. Closest to Sisters is the Northwest Transfer Station and Recycling Center, located at 68200 Fryrear Road, Sisters, OR, 97759. Opening hours are Wednesday - Saturday from 8 AM to 4 PM. For more information please go to: http://deschutes.org/Solid-Waste.aspx or call (541) 317-3163.
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Street /Lane Closures (updated weekly) Non at this time, please check back soon
The City’s wastewater system is relatively new with construction occurring during the period of 2000 – 2002. The gravity collection system piping varies from 6” to 24” diameter with four (4) wastewater pump stations. The Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) is a 3-cell aerated lagoon system with winter holding, discharging to a dike and forest irrigation re-use system. In 2007 the City purchased a portion of the Lazy Z Ranch for future effluent reuse as part of planning for the future wastewater needs of Sisters.
The facility operates under a permit issued from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and is designed to treat municipal wastewater using the following sequence of unit processes.
The treatment facility receives all municipal and industrial waste water from the City of Sisters. For further description of these systems please call our Wastewater Operations at (541) 323-5212.
Sisters water system dates back to the 1930’s. Supply is currently provided by three wells with a 1.6 million gallon reservoir for storage. The Groundwater is treated by disinfection for public safety, currently by gaseous chlorine and on-site chlorine generators. Transmission and distribution mainlines in the City’s water system total approximately 32 miles and vary in size from 4” to 16” with approximately 1500 active service connections.
Every winter we receive those dreaded calls from property/business owners with broken water pipes and they do not know how to shut off their water. We are here to respond as quickly as possible but In all of these cases time is critical and knowing where and how to shut off your water is imperative to minimizing property damage.
Know where your main water shut-off valve is outside of your home. Typically they are located 18-inches from the foundation wall where the water line enters the building. It is very important to know where this valve is located because if a pipe bursts anywhere in the house – kitchen, bath, basement, or crawl space – this valve turn will turn it off. Be sure everyone in the family knows where it is and what it does. Remember that in Central Oregon the snow can pile up in the yard, so use a snow stake painted blue to mark the location of the shut-off valve and/or water meter. This will allow you and others to find the valve quickly in an emergency.
IF YOU CAN’T FIND YOUR WATER METER: Please call (541) 323-5220.
Caulk around pipes where they enter the house and close all foundation vents. This will stop cold winter air from blowing into your house. Open foundation vents are probably the greatest cause of frozen or split water pipes. You will not only protect your pipes, but you may also reduce your winter heating needs. Be sure to remember to open the foundation vents again in the spring to prevent moisture damage and dry rot.
For newer homes, the outside hose bibs are frost free, meaning that the shut off valve is actually located deep inside the insulated wall. If you are not sure if the hose bib is frost free, when you turn it off and water continues to drain for a few seconds, this is a good indication that the hose bib is frost-free. If you are not sure or if you do not have a frost-free hose bib, then you will need to wrap the hose bib with newspapers or rags covered with plastic, fiberglass, or molded foam-insulating covers to wrap the faucet. Pre-made molded foam insulating covers are available at most plumbing and hardware stores. In some homes, the outside faucet may have a separate shut-off in the basement or crawl space. If you do have a separate valve for outside faucets, shut it off. Then go outside and turn on the faucets to drain water from the line.
Prevents faucets from trapping water and freezing by disconnecting garden hoses. With our Central Oregon winter climate it is a good idea to not only drain the garden hoses, but also store them inside a protected area. This will make them last longer.
Many irrigation systems require blowing the system out with compressed air from a large compressor. Compressed air presents a public health risk to the water system as it can push contaminated water back into the drinking water system if not done properly! When paying for winterization using compressed air, Oregon law now requires use of a licensed landscaping business with the proper equipment and training to avoid potential damage to both your irrigation system and the public water system.
Though do-it-yourselfer’s will still be allowed, all must follow proper procedures to prevent blowing contaminated water backwards into the drinking water system. We recommended checking with the Oregon Landscape Contractors Board, http://www.oregon.gov/LCB/Pages/contact_us.aspx, or call them at 503-967-6291 to verify that the landscaping business is properly licensed with either an “All-Phase plus Backflow” or “Irrigation Only plus Backflow” license and learning how to “winterize safely”.
Some newer homes and many businesses have fire sprinkler systems. Call a licensed fire-sprinkler system professional to determine if your system is protected from freezing.
Our Water Quality Reports are available for download in PDF format here.