The recent warm weather has further reduced the snowpack on Mt Ashland. On Wednesday, February 26 there was approximately 12 to 16 inches of snow on Mt. Ashland well below the amount needed to get us through the summer.
The City anticipates installing the emergency water TAP line in mid-August pending Councilís approval of the contract with the Medford Water District for three million gallons of water per day.
During the summer, Ashland uses an average of 6 million gallons of water each day. The emergency TAP line will provide 3 million gallons of water per day and the TID will provide 1.5 million gallons of water per day. The assumption is that 1.5 million gallons of water flows into Reeder Reservoir during peak drought conditions.
Potential water curtailment will be determined based on the snowpack on May 1 and how quickly we are using water in Reeder Reservoir at that time.
For more information about the potential for drought in Ashland click here.