The Oregon Water Resources Department has issued a determination on allegations that the City of Bend is operating its municipal water supply illegally. Water Watch says it's similar to the City of Bend leaving the water tap running all the time and occasionally taking a drink. The Bridge Creek Watershed Pipe Operations is at capacity all the time and the excess is dumped into Tumalo Creek, causing water quality issues there. But a news release from the City says the Water Resources Department is siding with the City. Water Watch does not agree: “Well, our response is that this is the City spinning the issue and it doesn't change anything in the complaint, or the validity of the complaint.” The City's news release states Water Resources has determined that the pipe needs to run at capacity to maintain pressure and keep from damaging the aging pipeline. City Attorney Mary Winters says the City will work with Water Resources to look at reasonable interim steps to deal with some of the complaint issues. City officials believe the timing of the complaint was designed to have the City Council rescind approval of the City's Major Surface Water Improvement Project. Water Watch is still looking over the State determination before they issue a response.