Water Supply Conditions

Chester Morse Lake Reservoir
Chester Morse Lake Reservoir – This photo was taken on January 24, 2021 by Spencer Humphrey

Below are current supply conditions for Seattle's regional water system.    

January 26, 2021

Last week, 0.22 inches and 0.17 inches of precipitation were recorded in our Cedar River and South Fork Tolt River watersheds, respectively.

Chester Morse Lake at the Overflow Dike was at elevation 1552.9 feet, about 6.0 feet lower than last week, and about 0.6 feet above its long-term average (based on the years 1990 to 2019). Masonry Pool Reservoir at Masonry Dam was at elevation 1552.4 feet, about 6.3 feet lower than last week, and about 5.0 feet above its long-term average. The South Fork Tolt Reservoir at the South Fork Tolt Dam was at elevation 1754.6 feet, about 3.9 feet lower than last week, and about 0.5 feet below its long-term average. Water releases from reservoir storage are actively being managed for water supply, fish habitat and flood management objectives for both the Cedar and South Fork Tolt Rivers.

Water consumption for the previous seven days averaged approximately 100 million gallons per day (mgd). That is lower than the 104 mgd consumed during the same period last year, and less than the average of 102 mgd used during the same period over the years 2010-2019. 

Based on current conditions and forecasts, Seattle anticipates the regional water system will have sufficient water supply for people and fish this winter.

As always, we continue to ask customers to use water wisely. For information about ways to save water, visit www.savingwater.org.

 

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