- Associated Press - Monday, August 10, 2015

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Despite the hot summer, residents in Eugene and Springfield have been thrifty with their water use.

The Register-Guard reports (https://bit.ly/1IYBsiq ) that water use dropped 13 percent from January to July in Springfield, compared to the same period in 2014. Similarly, the Eugene Water & Electric Board has only had to provide more than 50 million gallons on three days this summer, compared to anywhere between 55 and 65 million gallons per day during hot spells in previous years.

Much of the water conservation can be linked to the area’s severe drought.

The Eugene Water & Electric board has asked residents to reduce water consumption. And two Lane County towns - Oakridge and Junction City - have imposed mandatory restrictions because they draw water from wells, which have low water levels because of the drought.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, https://www.registerguard.com

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