Current Water Supply Conditions and Outlook
July 27, 2015
Historic low river levels – combined with record-setting hot and dry weather that have significantly increased the demand for water – have led Everett, Seattle, and Tacoma to implement the first stage of their water shortage response plans. The three cities are all activating their response plans as a precautionary measure and have joined together to ensure that the entire region is ready for a potential water shortage.
With today’s activation of its Water Shortage Contingency Plan, the city is taking the needed steps to further maximize its water supply for people and fish in the event this unusual weather continues. We are asking customers to carefully manage their water use and make sure they are not wasting water.
Important examples include:
- Water before 8 a.m. or after 7 p.m., which reduces evaporation.
- It is better to have one or two deep waterings, rather than several shallow waterings.
- Fix obvious indoor and outdoor leaks such as faucets and hose bibs. Check for less obvious leaks such as silent toilet leaks and underground irrigation leaks. For silent toilet leaks, put several drops of food coloring in your toilet tank; after 10 minutes if you have color in the toilet bowl, you have a flapper leak.
- Wash your vehicle(s) at locations that recycle their water.
- Use a broom rather than a hose to clean sidewalks, driveways, and patios.
- Wait until your clothes washer and dishwasher are full before starting a load.
Find more water saving tips at www.savingwater.org.
- Map of areas that receive water from Seattle directly or through wholesale agreements (pdf)
- Map of areas that receive water from Everett, Seattle, or Tacoma, directly or through wholesale agreements (pdf)