(Update: Adding video, Mtn. High HOA officials says it could take a week or more)
Also affects Roats Water System irrigation service, but not homeowners' drinking water
BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) – A large sinkhole has been discovered in the Arnold Irrigation District’s main canal in Deschutes River Woods, prompting it to shut off irrigation service to customers until repairs can be completed.
The sinkhole was found Thursday afternoon, prompting an immediate shutoff to begin work on repairs. A message on the irrigation district’s phone number said it’s not known how long repairs will take, but customers will be notified.
The shutoff also means Roats Water System won’t be receiving its irrigation water from Arnold Irrigation and must shut down irrigation service until repairs are completed.
“Arnold is currently working to repair the sinkhole as quickly as possible,” Roats informed affected homeowner associations on Friday.
David Mosher, co-president of the Mountain High community, said Sunday he only learned of the water shut-off after several residents contacted him, with no notice from Arnold Irrigation or Roats Water directly.
"So we've been told its five to seven, to eight days that we'll be without water," Mosher said. "Basically, it just means that our lawns won't get watered with irrigation water. We can hook up sprinklers and sprinkle with our potable water that we get from Roats, and a lot of people are doing that, and I did it last night."