Crater Lake won’t have to truck in water

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — The superintendent of Crater Lake National Park does not expect to have to truck in water this summer to augment supplies diminished by drought and senior water rights.

Craig Ackerman told the Herald and News newspaper that an exemption granted by the Oregon Water Resources Commission for cooking, drinking and sanitation should make such measures unnecessary.

Meanwhile, he says, the park, lodge and restaurants are going ahead with installation of low-flow toilets, faucets and shower heads as part of an overall conservation effort.

The park’s drinking water comes from Annie Creek, a tributary of the Wood River, which this year for the first time came under regulation of senior water rights held by the Klamath Tribes. That has forced irrigation shutoffs in the upper Klamath Basin.

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