Seattle Public Utilities Mami Hara, General Manager/CEO

Water Conservation

Preventing water waste
  • Cheryl_Capron_smCheryl Capron, Senior Water Systems Operator
    "I monitor the system, analyze operations data, reroute water if there’s a main break. If a transportation project is planned, I figure out what needs to be shut down, and find alternative supply routes so no one goes without water. I make sure water flows!"
  • Your water conservation efforts help ensure that salmon and other wildlife have a healthy habitat.
  • Fish passage ladder.

Saving water benefits people, salmon and local wildlife and leaves water available for when it’s needed most. Preventing leaks and conserving water are key to these efforts. Water suppliers in the state of Washington are required to track the amount of water being leaked through their water distribution infrastructure. Leakage happens in every water system, and can be due to things like aging infrastructure or water main breaks. In 2016, SPU produced 44.6 billion gallons of treated drinking water. Of this, 2.4 billion gallons (5.3 percent) was lost to leakage. This 5.3 percent leakage rate is well below the state standard of 10 percent. SPU is working to keep leakage to a minimum, and prevent future water system leaks, by expanding maintenance programs and investing in infrastructure repairs. You can join SPU in efforts to conserve water. There are easy, everyday things you can do to use water wisely (and save money).

Here are a few, can you think of more?

  • Turn off the water as you brush your teeth
  • Wait to do laundry until you have a full washer
  • Take shorter showers
  • Fix dripping faucets and leaky toilets
  • Water your lawn, not the sidewalk

To encourage more efficient water use, the Saving Water Partnership—SPU and its 18 water utility partners—set a six-year conservation goal: reduce per capita use from current levels so that the partnership’s total average annual retail water use is less than 105 million gallons per day from 2013 through 2018 despite forecasted population growth. In 2016, our customers met this goal, using only 94.4 million gallons per day.

Visit the Saving Water Partnership for more information on rebates, conservation tips, videos on fixing leaks and efficient landscaping practices, and more.