Water Supply Update – 9/14/15

September 14, 2015 – SPU Water Supply Message

As reported on September 9th, our region has collectively cut back on water use by 14% – above the 10% goal.  The cities of Everett, Seattle, and Tacoma are grateful for the actions residents and businesses have taken to reach that point and ask customers to continue their reduced water use.

Why are we still in voluntary reductions when we are starting to get rain again?
According to SPU, while recent rains have helped, they have not yet returned our supplies to normal levels.  More rain and continued water reductions are needed to replenish water levels for people and fish.

Some steps customers can take to continue to reduce water use:

  • Let lawn go dormant and limit plant watering to twice a week
  • Water plants before 8am or after 7pm
  • Check for and fix leaks, including checking toilets for silent leaks
  • Wash only full loads of laundry and dishes
  • Reduce showering time
  • Turn off the tap while brushing teeth or shaving
  • If purchasing new fixtures or equipment, consider water-efficient models.
  • Find more water-saving tips for homes and businesses at savingwater.org

Salmon Season

Saving water helps salmon, people and wildlife – especially this year!  Native salmon have begun their journey home from the ocean to their birthplaces in the streams and rivers of Puget Sound, as they struggle to complete their remarkable lifecycle.  Fewer fish are returning to some areas this year, but there are still chances to see this natural wonder as the spawning season progresses.  For dates and places for best salmon run viewing, visit www.kingcounty.gov/salmon and click on “Salmon SEEson,” or call 206-477-4704.