Northwest NEWS

March 26, 2001

Editorial

Guest Editorial

from Woodinville Water District, Northshore Utility District and City of Bothell Water Division
   We would like to thank our customers for their great response to our call to reduce water consumption.
   Consumption is down for all three agencies, reflecting our customers' commitment to responsible use of a limited resource.
   The three utilities serve a total of 34,650 meter-connections in 52 square miles with a population of 116,800.
   We are currently in the first stage (the Advisory Stage) of our respective Water Shortage Contingency Plans.
   This simply means that we have alerted our customers to the potential of water shortages this summer or fall. At present, the forecasts from Seattle Public Utilities (SPU), who own and operate the storage reservoirs, call for a 10 percent chance of water shortages this summer or fall. We maintain contact with SPU daily and are closely monitoring the situation.
   For now, we encourage you to continue the good conservation practices that have yielded substantial water savings.
   We will update our message as new information is available from SPU, and, should the situation worsen, you will receive additional notices through press releases and from your water utility. Information will also be available on our individual Web sites and at www.govlink.org.
   SPU and its purveyor partners, including Woodinville Water District, Northshore Utility District and the City of Bothell, have developed a new Web site at www.savingwater.org where you can obtain information to assist you in your conservation efforts.