Dry summer means we still need to conserve more water

water shortageThink we’ve had enough rain? Think again.

That’s the message from public water utilities that continue to urge businesses, governments and residents to take aggressive measures to conserve water by 10 percent. While recent precipitation and cooler temperatures did provide some relief, the extended hot, dry weather we experienced over the summer and the lack of snowpack in the mountains continue to create serious water management challenges.

In King County, water conservation efforts are essential to maintaining water quality conditions needed to support our salmon populations. Low instream flows combined with high water temperatures cause problems for young salmon as well as adults trying to return to their home streams and rivers to spawn. Our conservation measures today can help keep water in our rivers, streams, and aquifers for people and fish.

As King County employees, we need to do our part, both at work and home.

Everyone should explore measures for workplace conservation. For example:

  • Conduct landscape watering only between 7 p.m. and 8 a.m. and limit to no more than two times a week.
  • Delay any new plantings that require watering for establishment.
  • Increase mulch coverage on critical trees and plants.
  • Limit hosing of paved surfaces such as sidewalks and parking lots.
  • Consider how your agency can utilize recycled water for irrigation from one of our reclaimed water fill stations operated by the Wastewater Treatment Division (locations in Renton and Redmond).

Please visit www.savingwater.org for a list of indoor, outdoor, home and business ideas.