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Irrigators criticize $100 water rights fee proposal

SALEM — A proposed $100 annual fee on all Oregon water rights has met with criticism from irrigators who say it would contribute to already mounting financial burdens.

Farmers overwhelmingly testified against House Bill 2706, which aims to raise money for water management, during a March 22 hearing before the House Committee on Energy and Environment.

Members of the Klamath Water Users Association, for example, are already paying steep costs to comply with the Endangered Species Act and engage in […]

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Exhibitor helps farmers ‘harvest’ water

by Brenna Weingard

January 13, 2017

Ag Capitol Press The No. 1 question Michael Martins of Oregon Rain Harvesting gets is “Is it legal?”

“A lot of people think collecting rainwater in Oregon is against the law — not true,” said Martins, owner of the West Linn, Ore., business. “So long as you capture the water from a manmade structure it’s very legal and is a safe and cost-effective way to reduce the environmental impact of our need for water.”

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Draining Oregon: State regulators must stop approving wells when water levels are unknown

By The Oregonian Editorial Board on September 10, 2016 at 10:00 AM, State regulators approve permits for wells in Oregon even as they suspect there isn’t enough water in some areas to keep pace.

A permit application might state it “cannot be determined” whether enough ground water existed for the well. Yet time and again, Oregon Water Resources Department managers approved the application.

The lax regulatory culture is so engrained, some farmers and ranchers began pumping their wells before submitting […]

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Fryeburg (Maine) water trustees concerned about wells (Poland Spring is a Nestle contract)

By Daymond Steer

FRYEBURG, Maine — Fryeburg Water District Trustees, concerned about the lack of rain this summer, are asking constituents to fill out an online survey about how their wells are performing and also about their satisfaction with the local water company. Meanwhile, the operator of the town’s water works is asking residents to be conservative with their water use.

The trustees form a quasi-municipal board created in the event that stockholders of the private Fryeburg Water Co. want […]

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8 takeaways from ‘Draining Oregon': The big water giveaway

on August 26, 2016 Something seemed amiss in Harney County last summer, long before it became the scene of January’s armed standoff at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

After years of liberally granting access to underground water across the high desert of southeastern Oregon, the state abruptly told irrigators it would accept no new applications to pump wells. Regulators launched a 5-year study, saying they feared newly dug wells were sucking up unsustainable quantities of water. Cattle ranching and alfalfa, […]

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Apple funding wastewater treatment centre in Oregon

Nicky Cappella Fri 1 Jul 2016 2.43pm

Apple confirmed that it will fund a wastewater treatment facility in the tiny town of Prineville, Oregon which houses data centres for Apple and Facebook. The company recently broke ground on a second data centre in Prineville.

Apple agreed to pay for the treatment facility, which the city says may save as much as 5 million gallons of water per year. The company is already Prineville’s largest consumer of water, using 27 million […]

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The prospect of turning poop into drinking water

It was the sip of water watched around the globe.

Bill Gates, the tech king turned international philanthropist, sat across from Jimmy Fallon on the Tonight Show. Two glasses of water sat between them.

One, Gates said, contained bottled water. The other, water created from a waste treatment plant.

Fallon timidly drank from one glass, while Gates chugged his.

“I’m pretty confident that was the bottled water,” Fallon said.

“That was rigged. It’s all poop water!” Gates said.

Gates was […]

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Prineville reduces water loss

By Kailey Fisicaro / The Bulletin / @kaileyfisicaro Published Mar 25, 2016 at 12:03AM

Prineville is saving nearly 150 million gallons of water annually that used to go unaccounted for.

Prineville lost 172 million gallons of water in 2009, 27.9 percent of the total city water supply that year, according to Eric Klann, the city engineer and public works director. The water lost, called “unaccounted for water,” is pumped from city wells, but lost to leaks, tanks overflowing or customers […]

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Big Ambitions In Parts Of Northwest To Put Water Back Underground

by Tom Banse KLCC

March 18, 2016 10:37 pm Across the West, groundwater reserves are being depleted. Nature can’t replenish the aquifers as quickly as they’re being drawn down for irrigation, industry and drinking water. But what if, through human ingenuity, we could put large volumes of water back underground at relatively low cost? Irrigators and the state of Idaho are making the most ambitious effort yet to do so in the Northwest.

Here in mid-March, irrigation season has not […]

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Make Every Drop Count

In an average home, 22 gallons of water are lost to leakage each day – that’s more than $114 per year on your sewer, stormwater, and water bill. The most common culprits are leaking toilets or dripping faucets. If your water usage is higher than usual or averages more than eight CCF per person every three months (eight CCF equates to 5,984 gallons of water), you may have a leak.

All water services in Portland are metered. Meter readings determine […]

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