The Governor's July 2015 Executive Order requires ODOT and seven other state agencies to reduce "non-essential" water use by 15 percent by 2020. Oregon has experienced several years of record-breaking drought, resulting in low snowpack, high temperatures and below-normal stream flows. ODOT plans to reduce our use of water to the least amount necessary to meet the agency's mission and protect the state's infrastructure, environment and health of Oregon citizens and communities.
We are looking at our water use in irrigation, landscaping, office buildings and road maintenance to comply with the Governor’s Executive Order. To date we have created a water conservation team to coordinate our efforts, shut off most landscape watering around our office buildings, and working to determine a baseline of how much water we use and for what.
ODOT will continue to work on these issues, especially looking at efficiencies of buildings and fixtures, and using best practices to reduce water use in maintenance of our infrastructure while still meeting the agency’s mission.