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OSU Will Reduce Water Usage This Summer

Oregon State University

Oregon State University says it will curtail its water usage this summer in response to drought conditions across the state.


The most noticeable change will be a cutback in the use of sprinklers in less visible areas of OSU’s Corvallis campus. 

“It will be unsightly for awhile, but then the fall rains will bring it back to life," said Joe Majeski, OSU’s facility services director.


High-traffic parts of campus, including those in the main quad, will continue to receive most of their usual amount of water, he said.


The school said it’s also reducing the amount of water given to drought-tolerant trees and shrubs on campus. Athletic fields will continue to be watered "for the safety of athletes," according to an OSU press release.



Chris Lehman has been reporting on Oregon issues since 2006. He joined the KLCC news department in December 2018 and became News Director in March 2023. Chris was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and graduated from Temple University with a degree in journalism. His public broadcasting career includes stops in Louisiana and Illinois. Chris has filed for national programs including “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.”
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