Preventing water waste
- Cheryl 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.
Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) produced 44.1 billion gallons of treated drinking water in 2013. Of this amount, 2.8 billion gallons were lost to leakage; representing a leakage rate of 6.3 percent, which is considered relatively low.
Preventing leaks is one way water is conserved; your efforts are another. Why is conservation so important in our region? It gives customers ways to lower their utility bills. It helps make the water system more reliable by reducing waste and leaving water available for when it’s needed most. And, conserving water means that we’ll have enough water for ourselves, wildlife, and future generations.
The Saving Water Partnership (SWP) —which is made up of SPU and 18 of its wholesale water utility partners—has set a six-year conservation goal: reduce per capita use from current levels so that the SWP’s total average annual retail water use is less than 105 mgd from 2013 through 2018 despite forecasted population growth. In order to meet the goal, the amount of water used per person will need to decrease to offset growth. For 2013, the Saving Water Partnership met the goal, using 93 mgd.
Visit the Saving Water Partnership for more information on rebates, conservation tips, videos on fixing leaks and efficient landscaping practices, and more.