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City asks residents to voluntarily reduce water use

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SALEM, OR (AP) -

Residents near the Rickreall Creek in northwest Oregon are being asked to voluntarily reduce water use to benefit neighbors downstream.

The Statesman Journal reports senior water rights essentially allow the city of Dallas to drain the creek dry, but low flows caused by high temperatures have officials trying to prevent that.

The city lets a million gallons of water per day flow past its intake point. Wastewater treatment returns about 1.3 million gallons the creek.

Irrigation use will be closed to some four dozen businesses, homeowners, and farmers.

Oregon Water Resources Department policy analyst Diana Enright says those shutoffs will likely last through October, when the rainy season starts.

Enright said restrictions are also likely for residents near the Luckiamute River, another tributary of the Willamette River.

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