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Limited Water

People who rely on wells are often concerned about not having enough water. This section of web pages addresses many topics related to this concern.

 

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  • Conservation
    Conservation plays an important role in ensuring a sufficient water supply throughout the year. A wide variety of water conservation methods, publications, and other websites on how to get by with less water in the home and outdoors, including landscaping that uses less water are available at the following sites:
  • Water Storage
    Storage techniques can increase the supply of available water for both potable and nonpotable uses. The following websites provide useful information on holding tanks, rainwater harvesting techniques (including rain barrels and cisterns), and more.
  • Well Going Dry
    There are many reasons why a well may produce less water than in the past, including problems with the well or pump, interference from nearby wells, drought, and even geological changes caused by earthquakes.
    Click here for more detailed information about wells going dry.
  • Measuring Well Water Level
    This process is more complex than you may think.
    Click here to learn more if you are thinking of monitoring your well.
  • Gray Water
    Gray water is household waste water other than toilet water (referred to as "black water"). Some states allow re-use of this water to irrigate lawns and gardens. At this time, IT IS ILLEGAL TO USE UNTREATED GRAY WATER IN OREGON.
    Click here to find out more about gray water.
  • Groundwater Restriction
    The Oregon Water Resources Department (OWRD) has designated certain geographic areas of the state as Critical Groundwater Areas (due to pumping that exceeds long-term natural recharge) or Groundwater Limited Areas (due to resource depletion). If you live in one of these areas there are restrictions placed on new uses and possibly even on existing uses. For more information on the location and nature of groundwater restrictions in Oregon please visit the Water Protections and Restrictions page.
  • Drought
    Well owners are often concerned about drought conditions and each year's unique drought conditions could affect well water in some areas. The following links lead to several drought websites that in turn provide links to others.
  • Collecting Rainwater for Irrigation: