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Newport Restricts Water Use Due To Declining Supply

Chris Lehman

The city of Newport is restricting water use effective immediately.


Newport residents and businesses are banned from using irrigation systems, filling outdoor pools, or washing their vehicles. The city says the rules are in place because of declining flows in the Siletz River, which supplies Newport’s drinking water. A press release from the city calls it a “very serious situation.”

This is the second summer in a row that Newport residents have faced these restrictions. Last summer, the city limited the use of water as a result of a problem with the city's water filtration system.

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.”