Travelers on Highway 99 between Talent and Ashland this summer have been watching the steady progress of the pipeline crews as an emergency effort to connect Ashland with the Medford Water Commission as a secondary water source appears on pace to meet an August goal for completion. As this last week of July begins crews are up the hill and just past the City limits at the north end of Ashland, as the last leg of the “TAP” (Talent, Ashland, Phoenix) project nears completion. Talent and Phoenix have been connected for several years, the Ashland City Council made the decision earlier this year to complete the pipeline to town as a second year of drought conditions has taxed Reeder Reservoir and the Ashland water supply.
Ashland citizens have been a big part of surviving the summer and not running dry. Conservation efforts have been noted by City officials as a key element in making through another tight water year. The projected completion date of August appears to be on track. Please watch for workers and construction traffic in the work zones.