The City of Ashland has received reports of a company trying to sell bottled water to local households claiming Ashland’s water is not suitable for consumption. The company is telling citizens that the City water is coming from Emigrant Lake and cannot be treated properly at the Water Treatment Plant. This is a scam and citizens are encouraged to notify the City if they are contacted.
Ashland’s water quality is as safe to drink now as it was before drought conditions. The City is currently supplementing the water supply from Reeder Reservoir with water from the TID (Talent Irrigation District) system as it has several times in previous years. The TID water is pumped to the Water Treatment Plant where it goes through the same treatment process as all the water consumed in Ashland. TID water does not come from Emigrant Lake. It is a combination of water from Howard Prairie Lake and Hyatt Lake.
Reeder Reservoir is full. TID water is being added to the water entering the treatment plant in an effort to keep the reservoir full for as long as possible. This, along with current water conservation efforts by Ashland citizens helps prolong the availability of water for the upcoming months.
If you have been contacted by anyone trying to use these scare tactics about the current drought as a reason to sell you anything, please contact the City of Ashland, Public Works Department hotline at 541-552-2431. For current drought related information, including the amount of water available in Reeder Reservoir, please see www.ashland.or.us/drought2014