BEND, OR -- Bend City Council is preparing for continued dry conditions, as Central Oregon enters its third year of drought. Although, City Manager Eric King says the water supplies are not in any danger yet. He says Bend’s water comes from two sources: Bridge Creek and groundwater wells. "Having that dual source, having an aquifer that’s not seeing those dramatic impacts, we’re OK. But, we’re partners in the basin," he tells KBND News, "We care about being able to irrigate our farmland, being able to have enough water for fish, etc. So, we want to help to do our part, and we’re really promoting conservation."
He says no curtailments are planned - but that could change if conditions worsen, "We definitely want to get a message out there of conservation and to help the situation by limiting some of your outdoor water use."