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Medford stops bulk water sales for agriculture

The Medford Water Commission has halted bulk water sales for agricultural use. Jamie Lusch/Mail Tribune
Chlorine shortage triggers water restrictions

Amid a nationwide chlorine shortage, the Medford Water Commission announced Monday that water from two bulk water filling stations can’t be used for agriculture.

People can still get bulk water for their daily domestic needs, the commission said.

The bulk water filling stations are on North Columbus Avenue in Medford and Antelope Road in White City.

Some local farmers, especially those without access to irrigation water, rely on bulk water from the Medford Water Commission.

Additionally, the Talent Irrigation District is in the midst of a two-week irrigation shutoff due to low water levels in local reservoirs. The shutoff started June 15.

The Medford Water Commission is in charge of producing potable water that’s safe for human consumption, while irrigation water is untreated. The commission said its water is still being treated and is safe to drink.

The commission said Monday it’s working strategically to maintain its limited supply of chlorine, a critical component in the water treatment process.

Last week, the commission asked customers to voluntarily reduce their water use to extend the supply and preserve water for domestic use. The request applies to Medford water customers as well as Central Point, Eagle Point, Phoenix, Talent, Jacksonville and White City customers.

All of the water-saving measures will remain in place until water demand levels come down and the supply chain has been reestablished, the Medford Water Commission said.

People should fix all indoor and outdoor leaks and avoid vehicle washing, sidewalk washing and refilling of pools, hot tubs, ponds and water features, the commission said.

Cover pools to reduce evaporation, cut back on lawn and landscape watering, take shorter showers, only wash full loads of laundry and dishes, and don’t let the water run unnecessarily in the kitchen sink or while shaving or brushing your teeth, the commission recommends.

For more information, call the customer service department at 541-774-2430. For after-hour water service emergencies, call 541-779-7611.

Visit medfordwater.org for conservation tips.

Reach Mail Tribune reporter Vickie Aldous at 541-776-4486 or valdous@rosebudmedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @VickieAldous.