Representatives from the City of Ashland will join with panelists from the Talent Irrigation District, Water Resources Department, RVCOG, and Jackson Soil and Water Conservation District for a 2014 Drought Summit on Tuesday, August 12th in the Rogue River Room at SOU’s Stevenson Union. The Summit takes place from 6:30-8pm, with time for a question and answer period. Updated drought information is available on the City website here. The purpose of the meeting is to increase public awareness of the continued seriousness of Ashland’s water situation, to encourage conservation efforts by residents and businesses, and to inform citizens about water conservation resources available through City programs. Conservation efforts back to last spring have kept the City from having to impose restrictions or curtailments, and Reeder reservoir remains at about 99% capacity, thanks in a huge part to the combined efforts of citizens, businesses, and city agencies. TID water now helps augment the supply, while the TAP pipeline extension is on schedule to begin pumping in September.
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