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Mail Tribune 100, March 22, 1922

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March 22, 1922

RESERVOIR AND METERS CITY WATER

Council to Ask Estimates on Job — Meters for Economy — New Pipe Line Favored — Cut Off Homes Outside of City limits, or be Annexed — Action Next Meeting.

After having considered the troublesome problem for a year or more from all angles of Medford’s water supply in the summer time, the subject was vigorously discussed again by the city council last night, and that body unanimously decided to take steps at once to get estimates on the cost of building a second reservoir as soon as possible to supplement the present one.

Not only that but the council decided to put on all commercial users of water on the meter basis and instructed Water Superintendent Davis to order the meters for this purpose at once, for installation before the hot weather season arrives. This means that all the city’s ice plants, garages, cold storage and refrigeration plants, barber shops, hotels, restaurants, creameries and other large users will go on the meter basis. The council figures that the meters will tend to economy in the use of water.

While no definite action was taken the council laid on the table several requests for city water at homes outside the city, and expressed themselves as opposed to letting city water go outside the city limits for any purpose.

No longer will people find it profitable to build their homes outside the city limits, expecting to enjoy city water and other city advantages, and at the same time avoid paying city taxes, if the present mood of the council and mayor continues. While no definite action was taken last night it was the unanimous opinion that proper warning be given to those groups of dwellers contiguous to the city, to become annexed to the city, else city water and fire protection will be shut off.

The council will work to bring about these annexations, which come through special elections, which must be carried by both the city voters and the voters of each section to be annexed. It is estimated that there are 1,000 persons residing just outside the city, who by residing there, escape payment of city taxes.

Medford has a plentiful water supply but the fault is in its distributing system, which prevents certain higher sections of the city getting sufficient pressure. The councilmen discussed possible ways of remedying this situation, as it often has done before. The present reservoir cannot be enlarged or built higher, and it is deemed useless with the present reservoir to build another pipeline across the city in an effort to give those sections which suffer from lack of water in summer any help. Therefore the determination to build an additional reservoir, if possible, and next another main pipeline across the city from the new reservoir to provide an equal pressure all around.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com