Public Notice: Conservation Message
On July 27th, the Cities of Seattle, Tacoma, and Everett put out a joint press release initiating their “Water Shortage Response Plan”. Stage 1 of this plan advised their water customers to carefully manage their water use. On August 11th, they issued another press release announcing stage 2 of their plan, asking their customers to voluntarily reduce water use by 10 percent. The final 2 stages of the plan are “Mandatory Conservation” and “Emergency Water Restrictions”. The City of Puyallup is a wholesale customer of the City of Tacoma but they supply less than 1% of our total annual water supply.
These Cities are supplied with surface water and are therefore impacted more during hot dry weather than groundwater systems like the City of Puyallup are. Although we always encourage our customers to use water wisely, there are no water restrictions in effect for the City of Puyallup for the foreseeable future. Rest assured, we are monitoring our aquifers and will initiate our “Water Shortage Response Plan” if levels were to significantly change. We have developed a robust water system, so unlike other systems in our area, even during peak demands we have substantial reserves.
Craig R. Hale
HOW TO USE WATER WISELY
Guidelines for being water wise:
Water use can more than double during the summer due to lawn and garden watering. One inch of water per week, including rainfall, is recommended.
If you have an automated sprinkler system, use a rain gauge to prevent over watering. Reduce evaporation by watering early in the morning or in the evening.
Use your water meter to detect leaks. Simply shut off all taps and appliances that use water. Read your meter, and then check the meter after 15 minutes. If it moves, you have a leak. A small drip can waste 20 or more gallons of water per day. Fix it and you’ll save over 7,000 gallons per year.
Check your toilet for leaks by putting a few drops of food coloring in the tank. Watch for a few minutes to see if the color shows up in the bowl. It is not uncommon to lose up to 100 gallons a day from invisible toilet leaks. Fix it and you will save more than 30,000 gallons a year. Remember, a toilet is not wastebasket.
Automatic dish washers use 15 gallons for every cycle, regardless of how many dishes are loaded. Wait until you have a full load and you will save money.
- Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth and shaving.
- Install water-efficient shower heads and take shorter showers.