Water Conservation and Reuse Study

City of Ashland, 
Oregon

Water Conservation and Reuse Study

Project Highlights: 
  • Evaluated impacts of climate change on the City’s Ashland Creek supply.
  • Identified an appropriate conservation target and take into account its impact on the City’s water supply needs.
  • Identified and evaluated future sources of supply, including expansion of the existing supplies through a new impoundment, expansion of the Talent Irrigation District (TID) supply, water reuse, groundwater, and the Talent Ashland Phoenix (TAP) Pipeline.
  • Evaluated alternative sources based on financial, environmental, and other factors.
  • Selection of a long-term water supply strategy was done through an integrated public process engaging stakeholders.
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Due to the reduction in streamflow and lack of stored supply, Ashland needs to consider additional water supplies to serve its current and future customers.

With increasing demands, the City of Ashland will need to secure additional water supplies to serve its current and future customers, especially during peak day demands in the hot summers. This Water Conservation and Reuse Study included reviewing several potential alternative water sources to meet future demands, including reclaimed water, groundwater, reservoir expansion, and connecting to adjacent purveyors. Combinations of supply alternatives considered the impacts of climate change on the local watershed. The study included developing demand projections, evaluating pumping and storage capacity, and evaluating the system using a calibrated hydraulic model. All results and proposed improvements were presented to a public committee for review. The public committee was ultimately responsible for selecting the City’s level of service goals, updating policies, selecting the future water supply source, approving a new Capital Improvements Plan, and approving new water rates.