Drinking water exempted from shut-offs, say Oregon water commissioners

GRANTS PASS — The Oregon Water Resources Commission has approved an exemption allowing human consumption and stock watering in the drought-triggered water shut-offs going on in the upper Klamath Basin.

The exemption approved Monday lasts for six months and covers rivers flowing into Upper Klamath Lake.

It would appear to cover Crater Lake National Park, which has been preparing for the possibility it would lose its only source of drinking water as part of the shut-offs of water withdrawals from creeks flowing into Upper Klamath Lake.

Regardless of the outcome of a potential shut-off, park Superintendent Craig Ackerman has said the park will stay open, and truck in water if necessary.

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