California Okays Fines for Wasting Water

(CNN) — California is cracking down on water wasters during the severe drought. Lawmakers approved a new set of emergency rules Tuesday. Anyone repeatedly caught wasting water on landscaping, car washing, hosing down sidewalks could face fines of up to $500 a day. Local law enforcement will enforce the fines. Water used tied to public … Continue reading »

Ashland Safe Drinking Water Scam

ASHLAND, Ore. — Ashland has received reports of an unnamed company trying to sell bottled water to local households in the city. The company claims due to drought conditions this year, the water supply in Ashland is not suitable to drink. The company also claims the city’s water is coming from Emigrant Lake and is … Continue reading »

Boil Water Order Issued For Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. (CNN) — A boil water order has been issued for the city of Portland. The presence of total Coliform and E-coli was found in three samples of routine drinking water. The Tri-County Health Department said it’s monitoring the water. “In the public health department and throughout the state, we monitor for bacterial diarrheal … Continue reading »

Inside Inspections: Well Testing

BENTON COUNTY, Ore. — The Benton County Department of Environmental Health got grant dollars to test for harmful contaminants that may enter homes. Some of those contaminants could even cause cancer. “I think this is a wonderful journey. I think we have some great help with some interns and some volunteers from OSU,” said Bill … Continue reading »

Public Works Repairs Broken Water Main

CORVALLIS, Ore. – More than a dozen businesses and homes are without water, as Public Works crews continue to repair a broken water main that broke Tuesday afternoon. Around 3 pm on Tuesday, the City of Corvallis Public Works Department responded to about 800,000 gallons of water flooding 5th St. near Harrison Blvd. On Wednesday, … Continue reading »

Corvallis Water Main Breaks

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Homes and businesses along 5th Street in Corvallis may be without water for at least 24 hours, as crews are working to fix a broken water main. The break happened around 3:30 Tuesday afternoon near 5th St. and Harrison Blvd., and knocked out water along 5th St. between Tyler Ave. and Monroe … Continue reading »

Rec Center to Use Recycled Rainwater

EUGENE, Ore. — When the new student rec center opens to University of Oregon students in about 10 months, it’ll be more sustainable than ever. Project planners say the new facility will use recycled rainwater for its toilets. Part of the 110,000 feet of new space includes a new aquatic facility, so the rec center’s … Continue reading »

OSU Studies Demand on Water Supply

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Scientists say climate change and Oregon’s population growth is already placing a higher demand on our water supply. Researchers at Oregon State University say most Oregonians agree that water conservation is important. But whose behaviors save the most water? Researchers found it tends to be older people, females and those who make … Continue reading »

County Looks to Recoup Costs for Boaters

VENETA, Ore. — Low water levels at Fern Ridge Reservoir have Lane County leaders looking for ways to recoup costs for boaters. The county and Army Corps of Engineers are working to address the problem. With record low rainfall, the boating season hasn’t looked good. Lane County leaders are addressing ways to help those boaters … Continue reading »

Low Water Levels Hurt Boating Industry

VENETA, Ore. — With the warmer temperatures you might expect everyone to be out on the lake. But with 14 and a half inches below average rainfall, boaters are nowhere in sight. While Oregonians have enjoyed the warm dry spring that’s not the case at Fern Ridge Reservoir. It’s where a dry spring means a … Continue reading »

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