Danny Martinez, Warm Springs, Pacific Northwest discussed on Morning Edition


For seniors and a medical clinic Danny Martinez the emergency manager for the confederated tribes of Warm Springs fronts the water distribution center we give out about three thousand to thirty five hundred gallons of water every day Martinez says donations of supplies like paper plates bleach wipes and waterless toilets poured in from all over the Pacific Northwest at first but you know they they're all hoping that it's resolved today so when I call him back to kind of posted by in after thirty days you mean you still now water dance now the boil water notices are into a third month the system has been on the brink for years every burst pipe is a contamination risk to the whole system the list of worries goes on firefighters can't count on hydrants the sprinkler system the call in system their conditioning systems the restrooms the torrents everything is affected by lack of water Martinez joins two teenage volunteers who are taking a break from hauling jugs around to chase a butterfly fifteen year old Cajun rain Scott says butterflies are a good sign what a place you can coming around ream that's good that's good you know that means that means change and what would you normally be doing with your summer Cajun rain having fun with my friends in skateboarding but I can't do that now because I'm helping the community and that's one four in the C. warning so I rather be doing this tribal and federal officials say repairs under way now could potentially restore drinking water by the end of the month but that deadline has already been extended several times for NPR news I'm Emily Cureton in Warm Springs Oregon.

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