Vale officials dust off water rationing plans – just in case

Vale City Manager Todd Fuller shows one of the monitoring displays at a water well facility on the city's north side last week. Fuller said city officials are reviewing plans for water rationing as the drought continues to grip the region. (The Enterprise/PAT CALDWELL)

VALE – There is no shortage of water yet but Vale city officials are already reviewing plans to ration if drought conditions continue through the summer.

“We are definitely looking at ways, as a city, to conserve water,” said Vale Mayor Tom Vialpando.

Areas of Malheur County are rated as in either severe or extreme drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.

The city depends on eight wells to provide drinking water to residents and last summer two of those wells went dry, said City Manager Todd Fuller.

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