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Water Shortage



After unusually hot weather, the region's all-time driest May-July, and in preparation of a potentially drier-than-normal fall, Everett, Seattle, and Tacoma moved to the second stage of their water shortage response plans on August 11 – voluntary reduction.

The three cities are working together to manage water supplies for people and fish during the potential water shortage. They are asking customers to help by voluntarily reducing water use by 10%. Seattle Parks and Recreation is taking immediate action to save water, and hope you will do so at home too.

Here's what we're doing at Parks:

  • Inspecting and repairing our irrigation systems.
  • Implementing parts of our water shortage plan, which enables us to use much less water while protecting our valuable landscape assets.
  • Suspend new landscape installations until the shortage is lifted or rain is enough for new plants.
  • Discontinue washing City vehicles.
  • Giving careful consideration to, and preparing to make changes in, how we use water for our wading pool program, our irrigation systems, and cleaning hard surfaces, should the shortage get worse.
  • Following these tips from Seattle Public Utilities on how to use water wisely; we hope you'll follow them at home too.
    • Put shutoff valves on outdoor hoses, and use them!
    • Don't leave water running in sinks when you don't need it.
    • Use water diffusers on sink faucets.
    • Wash only full loads of clothes.
    • Fix leaking toilets and faucets.

Here's how you can help!

Please report any leaks or other water issues you see in Seattle parks to the Parks Jobline at 206-684-7250 or e-mail

Water Shortage Contingency Plan

This plan provides guidelines for a systematic response, should the need arise, to reduce demand in the event of a water supply disruption or weather related water shortage.
 » Seattle Parks and Recreation Water Shortage Contingency Plan (PDF)
 » Plans for Newly Established or Planned Landscapes (PDF)

Seattle Public Utilities Water Shortage Contingency Plan:
 » Seattle Public Utilities Water Shortage Contingency Plan
 » Tips for Saving Water

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Updated September 2, 2015
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