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Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: Seattle’s reservoirs are filling after two months heavy precipitation

4/17/2014  4:39:00 PM
SPU Customer Service  (206) 684-3000

Seattle’s reservoirs are filling after two months heavy precipitation
Water supply looking promising after a dry start to 2014

SEATTLE — Hooray for the rain! With spring here and summer not too far off, Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) reports the snowpack in Seattle’s Cascade Mountains watersheds is in good condition, and the reservoirs have begun to capture the spring snowmelt.

“After a rather dry start to 2014, snow began to accumulate in the watersheds, in February; and March precipitation was much higher than normal,” SPU Drinking Water Director Dave Hilmoe said.

“We expect to have full mountain reservoirs in the month of June. As always, we recommend that our customers use water wisely,” Hilmoe said.

Last week, 0.94 inches and 1.16 inches of precipitation were recorded in the city’s Cedar River and South Fork Tolt River watersheds, respectively. Snowpack is close to, but remains below, the long-term average for this time of the year.

Snowpack accumulation in Seattle’s watersheds typically peaks around the first week of April.

Do you know where Seattle’s high-quality tap water comes from? Join Seattle Public Utilities this year for a variety of guided and self-guided programs and discover for yourself! Visit the Cedar River Watershed Education Center, near North Bend, and enjoy free hands-on exhibits, rain drums, and beautiful Rattlesnake Lake. Sign up for a tap water tour, a family waterfall tour, or walking tour of the historic town sites of Cedar Falls or Taylor. Better yet, venture into the protected watershed for a full-day guided trip to see the connection between the watershed’s protected rivers, lakes, forests, wetlands, and your tap water. Find us at: — select “Public and Group Tours” for the 2013 Catalog.

  • When: Watershed tours, programs, and family experiences all year long.
  • To Register: Visit the Cedar River Watershed's Program and Tours webpage for online registraton, call (206) 733-9421, or email: Registration is required.
  • Cost: Center has free admission and programs range from $5 to $15 per person.
  • Where: The Cedar River Watershed Education Center, just east of North Bend (about 32 miles from downtown Seattle). Web link:
  • Directions: From I-90 going East take Exit 32 (436th Ave.) Turn right at the end of the off-ramp. Follow the road (436th Ave. SE, Cedar Falls Rd. SE) for about 2.5 miles to Rattlesnake Lake. Continue past the lake, with the lake on your right side, until you reach the Cedar River Watershed Education Center. View map.

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In addition to providing a reliable water supply to about 1.3 million residents in the Seattle metropolitan area, SPU provides essential sewer, drainage, solid waste and engineering services that safeguard public health, maintain the City’s infrastructure and protect, conserve and enhance the region's environmental resources.


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