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Junction City's restrictions on water use make impact.

Byline: Francesca Fontana The Register-Guard

JUNCTION CITY - It has been a week since Junction City declared a "moderate" water emergency and enacted citywide restrictions, and water usage already has decreased by 30 percent, City Administrator Jason Knope said Monday.

"The community has done outstanding," Knope said.

The city declared the drought-related emergency on July 6. The restrictions include limiting the watering of lawns and gardens to evening and early morning hours on every other weekday, and no such watering on weekends.

Meanwhile, the Junction City Council will meet tonight to vote on whether to fund a new private well for Junction City Athletics. The organization currently uses city water to irrigate the Laurel Sports Complex, a 13-acre site on Rose Street that is technically owned by Junction City School District but leased and operated by JCA.

Junction City's elementary, middle and high schools have private wells, Knope said.

JCA is considered a major water user, and the water restrictions now in effect require such users to consume less than 750 gallons of water per day.

According to Knope, the JCA has been meeting those requirements. "We were all a little concerned that it would be an issue for them," Knope said.

Knope said the water used to irrigate the sports complex is not about keeping the fields green for aesthetic reasons, but rather to keep the ground soft enough to be considered safe for children's use.

By helping JCA install a private well, the city would decrease the water demand put upon the city wells, Knope said. Especially in light of the recent water emergency, "the sooner (the well can be built), the better for everyone," he said.

The estimated cost of the project is $21,841, which would include the installation of the well and an upgrade in power and electrical service. If approved by the council, the project would be paid for with state Revenue Sharing money, which typically is used to pay for one-time projects, Knope said.

The city's Sanitation, Recycling and Water Committee reviewed the request for the well last week and recommended moving forward with it.

Also at its meeting tonight, the council will discuss the possibility of constructing a new city well at 11th Avenue and Elm Street. A casing for a new well at that site was installed several years ago, and the city is looking at the need to expand its well system as population and water demand grows.

The well would be the first added to the city's water system in more than a decade. HBH Consulting Engineers of Newberg has submitted an engineering estimate of $121,680 for design and construction of the well.

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JUNCTION CITY CITY COUNCIL

When/where: Today at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 680 Greenwood St.

What: Discussion and vote on creating Junction City Athletics Well Project for irrigation at Laurel Sports Complex

More information: Contact Public Works Director Gary Kaping at 541-998-3125 or gkaping@ci.junction-city.or.us

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Date:Jul 14, 2015
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