Summer threats to the water supply

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As we move into summer, it’s going to take a lot of water to keep the people and the plants of Jackson County hydrated. Conservation coordinator of Medford Water Commission, David Searcy, says this can put pressure on the system.

"The cities we serve use about 14 to 16 million gallons a day. Our big butte springs produces 26.4 million gallons, so we adequately cover that. Summer time goes up to 45 million gallons a day in usage and so we need more water," Searcy says.

The Medford Water Commission says talking with residents during these months is especially important. Today, the Commission welcomed the public to see first-hand how our water works.

"The more people can understand how our natural resources integrate into our life and how we have to be responsible both in how we extract them from the earth and how we dispose them back into the earth…to me that's a really important part of being good stewards of the land and living sustainably," Frances O’Yung, a resident who attended the tour, said.

While Medford’s water supply isn’t under any threat, it’s agricultural supply has to be closely monitored.

The Water Commission hopes that by educating the public on the water supply they can help in the conservation effort.

"Most people...for them water is always there,” Searcy says. “It's never a problem and it's all good. The reality is, for people to get water it takes a lot of effort, and that effort it what we're showing them now."

The Medford Water Commission leads these tours two times per year. You can sign up for the next one at

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