Water rationing isn't expected this summer

Should I plan on downsizing, or canceling, my vegetable garden due to the snow and rain shortages? Might there be rationing? I hope to plant my tomatoes and beans, but if there won't be enough water I won't even plan for them.

— Lisa N., Medford

Well, Lisa, it seems like your garden will get its chance in the sun this summer, but it's too soon to say for sure.

For the 2013-14 water year, we experienced an unusually dry period from October through January, but precipitation in February picked up a bit.

Laura Hodnett from the Medford Water Commission says we won't know the full picture until closer to May, but water rationing is not expected this summer in Medford.

"It's unlikely that we will have to implement curtailment measures," Hodnett says. "That doesn't mean that we're not going to ask people to be wise about how they use their water."

Hodnett says people with questions should visit the MWC's website — www.medfordwater.org — which explains where Medford gets its water and why the city is not impacted much by a single year of drought.

The city of Ashland has similar information in the news section of its website — ashland.or.us/news.asp — including an outline of the city's water curtailment plan.

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