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A state department called for an update on the plan first developed a decade ago

The Newberg City Council has approved a draft water management conservation plan based on state regulatory requirements.

The city's current plan was approved by the Oregon Water Resources Department a decade ago and dictates that the city submit an update to the state no later than July 17. In response, the city contracted with GSI Water Solutions Inc. to update the plan.

The draft is in a 30-day review cycle and is being reviewed by other local governments, including surrounding water districts such as the Chehalem Springs Water Association, the Northwest Newberg Water Association and the Ramsey Terrace Water District, as well as Marion and Yamhill counties. Comments from the council and surrounding government entities will be incorporated into the plan and submitted to the OWRD for review. After review, Newberg officials will respond to comments from OWRD and then submit a final plan proposal.

The draft, which supports the city's 2017 water master plan, establishes water conservation benchmarks the city is working toward in the next five years. It also evaluates current and future water delivery areas, population and demand projections for the next 10 to 20 years, and the schedule for when Newberg can expect to fully exercise its water rights.

The cost to the city for GSI to do this work was not to exceed $69,600 per a previous council resolution.

Newberg anticipates submitting an updated water master plan within 10 years of the final order and the city is not anticipating asking for additional time to meet this mark.

The plan also addresses future water needs. According to the document, Newberg "is projecting an increase in demand during the next 20 years as a result of forecasted population growth and commensurate economic expansion. The city's historical maximum day demand (MDD), recorded between 2013 and 2017, was 4.8 million gallons per day (mgd). By 2039, projections find, demand is forecast to increase to 8.3 mgd. Future population and economic growth are based on analyses from regional planning efforts and have been reviewed for consistency with comprehensive plans developed by the Newberg Community Development Department and Marion and Yamhill counties. The city intends to meet demand using existing water rights and without appropriation from its extended permit."

The plan also states by developing an update, Newberg has "expanded its conservation program to include new conservation measures, such as developing outdoor and indoor water conservation brochures or flyers for posting at public locations."


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