An ad hoc city committee will search for ways Medford can conserve water.

An ad hoc city committee will search for ways Medford can conserve water.

The Water Conservation and Landscape Committee will establish new irrigation guidelines for commercial, industrial and multi-family residential development within city limits. City planner Desmond McGeough said the guidelines would be voluntary for new single-family residences.

The City Council will review the committee recommendations and could adopt the standards later this year.

McGeough said there could be exceptions for some projects.

"We recognize there isn't a one-size-fits-all approach, but we would like to work as closely to the guidelines as possible in most cases," he said. "We understand there are issues like lot restrictions and other special circumstances."

The Water Conservation and Landscape Committee meets the second Wednesday of every month at City Hall, 411 W. Eighth St., from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

— Buffy Pollock, for the Mail Tribune