Seattle, Tacoma and Everett Ask People to Conserve Water

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Article courtesy of Chris Daniels | July 27, 2015 | KING 5 | Shared as educational material

SEATTLE – The cities of Seattle, Tacoma and Everett are asking people to avoid wasting water in response to the hot, dry weather and low river levels.

The cities have implemented stage one of their water storage response plans.

Seattle and Everett say their water outlook is “fair” and they should have enough water supply into fall when rainfall typically replenishes the supply.

Seattle’s water supply covers the city along with 25 other cities and water districts in King County. Everett’s water supply serves 80 percent of Snohomish County.

Tacoma says its use of the Green River for summer water demands is being augmented with groundwater wells. It allows water stored from the river to be primarily dedicated to protecting fish.

Tacoma’s water supply serves Tacoma and several surrounding communities in Pierce and King counties.

On Monday, Cascade Water Alliance also announced a water advisory. Cascade and its members, Bellevue, Kirkland, Issaquah, Redmond, Tukwila and the Sammamish Plateau and Skyway Water and Sewer Districts, get their drinking water from the Seattle water supply.

“Residents and businesses should continue to use water wisely to help ensure sufficient water supply for people and fish,” said Chuck Clarke, Cascade CEO.

“This is a time to assess and reevaluate your own water use. Conserve inside your home by washing only full loads in your dishwasher and washing machine. Fix leaking faucets and toilets. Take shorter showers. Turn off the water when brushing your teeth. Take your car to a commercial car wash.”

Steps to avoid wasting water.

  • Water before 8 a.m. or after 7 p.m., which reduces evaporation.
  • Watering deeply but infrequently. The cities say it’s better to have one or two deep waterings rather than several shallow waterings.
  • Fix any indoor or outdoor leaks at your home.
  • Look for silent toilet leaks: Put several drops of food coloring in your toilet tank. If you see color in your toilet bowl after ten minutes, you have a flapper leak.
  • Wash your vehicle at locations that recycle water.
  • Use a broom, not a hose, to clean sidewalks, driveways, and patios.
  • Wash full loads, not partial loads, in your washing machine.
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