Water Supply Conditions

Masonry Pool at the Overflow Dike
Masonry Pool at the Overflow Dike - This photo was taken on September 12, 2021 by Spencer Humphrey.

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

September 13, 2021

Last week, 0.20 inches and 0.40 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 1550.5 feet, about the same as last week, and about 0.3 feet below its long-term average (based on the years 1990 to 2019).  Masonry Pool Reservoir at Masonry Dam was at elevation 1533.5 feet, about 6.7 feet lower than last week, and about 6.9 feet below its long-term average.  The South Fork Tolt Reservoir at the South Fork Tolt Dam was at elevation 1737.3 feet, about 2.2 feet lower than last week, and about 5.3 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 158 million gallons per day (mgd).  That is lower than the 161 mgd consumed during the same period last year, and more than the average of 144 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 summer and fall.

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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