Water Cutbacks

Residences and businesses have cut back water use by 14% over the last four weeks.

September 09, 2015

BELLEVUE, WA –   Residents and businesses in the region have exceeded requests by water providers like Cascade Water Alliance to reduce water use 10 percent over the last four weeks by collectively cutting back use by 14 percent.

Yet while the recent rains have helped, it has not been enough to return water supplies to normal levels. Cascade and its members remind residents and businesses that more rain and continued water reductions are still needed to replenish regional water supplies for people and fish.

Cascade and its members commend the actions residents and businesses have taken to reach this point.  Cascade urges residents and businesses to continue to reduce their water consumption indoors now that the weather has cooled, and continue to reduce outdoor use as well. Here are some water saving tips:

Indoor water-saving tips for residents:             

  • Reduce showering time
  • Check for and fix leaks
  • Wash only full loads of laundry and dishes
  • Turn off the tap while brushing teeth or shaving
  • Don’t pre-rinse dishes
  • If purchasing fixtures/equipment, choose water-efficient models

Indoor water-saving tips for businesses:

  • Encourage reduced showering times at your facilities
  • Serve water only on request
  • Check for and fix leaks
  • Wash only full loads of laundry and dishes
  • Provide new towels only on request
  • Check cooling towers for overflow and excessive blowdown
  • If purchasing fixtures/equipment, choose water-efficient models

Outdoor water-saving tips for residents:

  • Let lawns go dormant and limit plant watering to twice a week
  • Water plants before 8 a.m. or after 7 p.m.
  • Wash your vehicle(s) at locations that recycle the water
  • Do only essential pressure washing
  • Minimize refilling swimming pools and hot tubs
  • Turn off water features

The utilities plan to report how customers are doing every other week; the next round of regional results will be released the week of Sept. 21.

For more information about Cascade’s water efficiency programs, tips and free water saving items, visit www.cascadewater.org

For more information on the voluntary curtailment announcement visitwww.seattle.gov/util

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