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Chiloquin to sell water to Crater Lake

  • Crater Lake National Park

The city of Chiloquin has agreed to sell an estimated 2.5 million gallons of water to Crater Lake National Park during the months of May and June. The park was informed last week it could no longer pump water from Annie Creek due to a call on water by the Klamath Tribes of the Upper Klamath Lake watershed.

CHILOQUIN - The city of Chiloquin has agreed to sell roughly 2.5 million gallons of water to Crater Lake National Park during May and June after the park was told it could no longer draw from Annie Creek.

Approved unanimously Monday night, the city council agreed to sell water to the park for $0.015 per gallon, an estimated total cost of $37,500 during May and June. The city reserved the discretion to extended water sales through July and August as needed.

Water will be delivered to the park by contractors Action Sanitary, of Lower Lake, Calif., whose 6,000-gallon trucks would make the trip to and from the park an estimated eight to 10 times per day.

The need for an alternative water source became urgent when the park was informed Wednesday they are affected by a call on water made by the Klamath Tribes on the Upper Klamath Lake watershed, which includes Annie Creek. Crater Lake Superintendent Craig Ackerman told the council, when the park stopped drawing from the creek Wednesday, they had roughly seven to 10 days of water left in reserve, even with significant water conservation measures in effect.

Ackerman said the park needed to find a solution quickly and went to Chiloquin because they were the closest, geographically. He said plans are in place to drill a groundwater well for a permanent solution as soon as possible, but water needs to be shipped during the meantime.

City Attorney Sam Ramirez said he can send a letter of intent to Action Sanitary by Tuesday afternoon, allowing them to start pumping that day. Water is expected to come from a hydrant near Chiloquin Boulevard and Highway 97.



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