Lithia fountains will start flowing again

Ashland, Ore. — The water in two of Ashland’s downtown fountains will be turned back on this weekend.

The city turned off the fountains in the Ashland Plaza and at the Enders Shelter in Lithia Park after tests showed the barium levels were too high.

In a press release, the City of Ashland said the initial test results were a false reading. The barium levels are actually the same as they have historically been.

Barium levels still exceed EPA standards, but the City of Ashland says since the fountains are not considered a community water source, they aren’t required to meet the same standards as regular city drinking water.

Signs will be posted at the fountains notifying visitors that the water is not recommended to drink for daily consumption.


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