by Kurt Liedtke, Herald and News
Water and Sanitary District has imposed water restrictions
on the community, limiting water use only for human
consumption for those connected to the Bly water system.
rules took effect June 4. They restrict non-human
consumption such as washing of vehicles and watering lawns
and gardens. Water use for purposes of drinking, cooking,
sanitation, cleaning, watering pets and stock is still
permitted. The resolution also asks residents to search
faucets for possible leaks and do their part to minimize
public hearing Wednesday evening addressed community
concerns in the wake of the water use restrictions.
restrictions fall under temporary administrative rules by
the Water Resources Commission granting water right
preferences for uses of water for human consumption in
Klamath County and stock water in the Williamson River Basin
during times when a drought declaration is in effect.
Gov. Kate Brown declared a drought emergency in Klamath
County on March 13, with the temporary rules taking effect
April 17. The temporary rules may only be imposed for 180
days from the declaration. The restrictions will expire Oct.
140 wells in the Bly area could be subject to regulation
that fall under water connected to the Bly Water and
Sanitary District. The restrictions do not apply to active
wells that are not affiliated with the district.
did not fall under regulations previously implemented by the
Oregon Water Resources Department Division rules, which were
adopted in 2015 under the Upper Klamath Basin Comprehensive
Agreement (UKBCA). WHen that ended, Bly city water now falls
under “Division 9” rules.
Division 9, the state makes determinations whether wells
have the potential to cause substantial interference with
surface water supplies. The rules apply to wells and
existing and proposed appropriations of ground water.
March the Klamath Tribes placed a call for enforcement of
in-stream claims, which resulted in validation of claims on
several streams in April. Regulation orders were mailed for
applicable streams and wells at that time based on monitored
water use and stream flows.
According to OWRD, Bly has been working with a consultant to
install a new well that would not be subject to Division 9
regulation and be able to address longer-term needs.
Similar water restrictions were recently issued in Chiloquin
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