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Douglas County Announces Water Restrictions As Drought Conditions Continue To Plague Oregon

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As drought conditions continue statewide, Douglas County is taking further action to save water.

Governor Kate Brown declared a state of drought emergency for Douglas County in June. The Oregon Water Resources Department announced that water restrictions will be in place for county residents with stream or river water rights.

Raquel Rancier is with the resources department:

“Generally we’re seeing that regulation is occurring earlier than normal. In addition, some streams that are rarely regulated we do anticipate will require water distribution this year due the significantly low stream flows.”

While the restriction does not impact any residential areas, conservation throughout the county is encouraged as fire danger will likely remain high.