No doubt about it, we’re watching coastal water supplies fall as we head in to summer.
Forecast water conditions on the Siletz River are expected to remain low affecting the source water that Newport, Toledo and the Seal Rock Communities rely on. Low stream flows are likely to have significant impacts on farm, forest, recreation, drinking water, and natural resources sectors, which are dependent on adequate precipitation and stream flow in Lincoln County.
Conditions are being monitored by the state’s natural resource and public safety agencies, including the Oregon Water Resources Department (OWRD) and the Oregon Office of Emergency Management, along with local water providers. Preparation and timely response to low stream flow conditions are vital to the health and safety of our communities. As a proactive measure the City of Newport will voluntarily suspend pumping from the City’s Siletz River Pump Station when the river flows reach 100 cubic feet per second.. If the City’s reservoirs reach a critical stage, pumping will have to resume.The Cities of Newport, Toledo and Seal Rock Water District are asking customers to voluntarily restrict outdoor watering. If irrigation is necessary, please do so during the hours of 10:00pm and 8:00am. Refrain from washing cars except at commercial establishments that recycle or reuse water in the cleaning process. Water providers in the region are discouraging all nonessential uses of water including recreation, remodeling, reconstruction, and cleaning uses, unless absolutely necessary for public health or safety.
We appreciate the support and cooperation of the community as we respond to low flow conditions. Reducing the amount of water we remove from coastal streams, many of which are already impaired as a result of drought conditions, translates to better stream health and a more sustainable water supply for the future.There are a number of ways to conserve water, and they all start with you. Some effective ways to conserve water in and around your home are included below:
•When washing dishes by hand, don’t let the water run while rinsing. Fill one sink with wash water and the other with rinse water.•Some refrigerators, air conditioners and ice–makers are cooled with wasted flows of water. Consider upgrading with air–cooled appliances for significant water savings:
.•Adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk, or street
•Run your clothes washer and dishwasher only when they are full.You can save up to 1,000 gallons a month.
•Choose shrubs and ground covers instead of turf for hard–to–water areas such as steep slopes and isolated strips.
•Turn off the water while brushing your teeth and save 25 gallons a month
•Install covers on pools and spas and check for leaks around your pumps.
•Use the garbage disposal sparingly. Compost vegetable food waste instead and save gallons every time.
•Plant in the fall when conditions are cooler,and rainfall is more plentiful.
•Monitor your water bill for unusually high use.Your bill and water meter are tools that can help you discover leaks.
•Water your lawn and garden in the early morning or late evening when temperatures are cooler to minimize evaporation.
•Know where your master water shut–off valve is located. This could save water and prevent damage to your home.
•Install an instant water heater near your kitchen sink so you don’t have to run the water while it heats up.
•Turn off the water while you wash your hair to save up to 150 gallons a month. When you save water, you save money on your utility bills too. Saving water is easy for everyone to do.
To learn more about water conservation, please visit www.srwd.or or https://wateruseitwisely.com/