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Newport restricts water use due to declining supply

The city of Newport is restricting water use effective immediately.

Newport residents and businesses are banned from using irrigation systems, filling outdoor pools, or washing their vehicles. The city says the rules are in place because of declining flows in the Siletz River, which supplies Newport’s drinking water. A press release from the city calls it a “very serious situation.”

This is the second summer in a row that Newport residents have faced these restrictions. Last summer, the city limited the use of water as a result of a problem with the city’s water filtration system.

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