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Junction City asks residents to reduce water usage

The mild water emergency notice comes amid an equipment failure and the Wood Recovery mill fire.

Posted: Jul 15, 2021 12:05 PM
Updated: Jul 15, 2021 6:46 PM

JUNCTION CITY, Ore. – Junction City is issuing a mild water emergency notice on Thursday in connection with the Wood Recovery mill fire in the Milliron Road and Highway 99 area. This means that residents are asked to voluntarily reduce their water usage by 10 percent.

Ed Glaspey, a Junction City resident, said he's been managing his water usage since Lane County declared a drought emergency.

"We personally cut back on watering and stuff just to help out as best [we] can," Glaspey said.

City administrator Jason Knope said this mild water emergency is the first of three levels. Next will be moderate, and after that is severe. However, Knope said severe is a longshot.

"To get to [severe] level is if we lost a well or two," Knope said.

If residents don't manage their water usage at some level, they could see an elevation to moderate level in the near future.

In addition to the fire, Knope said there was also a malfunction with some of their water equipment that caused a dip.

Residents can take the following steps to reduce their water usage:

  • Reduce the frequency of lawn watering
  • Limit watering of lawns, landscaping and gardens to no more than 20 minutes per area.
  • Delay using city water to wash sidewalks, walkways, streets, driveways, parking lots or other hard surface areas.

While officials said there’s enough water for now, they want to restock their extra water supply.

"We're wanting to make sure we can handle any emergencies that may come up," Knope said.

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