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Oregon, like much of the pacific northwest is an ecologically diverse region that is reliant on snowpack, precipitation, groundwater, and surface water for its drinking water supply. Despite its reputation for having a surplus of water, Oregon has experienced multiple droughts including prolonged droughts in the Eastern portion of the state and historic statewide drought conditions in 2015. Additionally, changes in our climate can lead to an increase in severe winter weather, changes in precipitation events, flooding and wildfires and many other impacts to our drinking water.About a quarter of Oregonians rely on small wells for drinking water and many others rely on community water systems, as our state's population grows the number of people reliant on freshwater supplies also increases. As the impacts of climate change increase in severity and frequency, water security for Oregonians and communities in the greater pacific northwest region will become more of an issue for ensuring public health.
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