Northwest NEWS

April 9, 2001

Editorial

Guest Editorial: Save water now for summer use

from Woodinville Water District
   In response to the low snowpack and lower-than-normal reservoir levels, Seattle Public Utilities and its purveyor partners have now moved from the Advisory Stage (Stage 1) into the Voluntary Stage (Stage 2) of their Water Shortage Contingency Plans.
   The goal is to reduce overall water use by 10 percent. We are relying on the support and cooperation of our customers to reach that goal. Water saved today will stay in our reservoirs for the summer months.
   If everyone participates, we may avoid the need to impose stringent water restrictions later this year.
   Listed below are several conservation actions that will help you reduce your water use:
   Check for leaks and perform any necessary repairs. Flush one less time each day. This could save more than three million gallons per day regionally.
   Spend one less minute in the shower. This could save more than 2.5 million gallons a day regionally.
   Use a car wash that recycles water. Most do, but ask your local car wash if you're not sure.
   Consult with a landscape professional to find ways to make your landscape better able to weather drought conditions.
   Other suggestions:
   Consider replacing your water-inefficient toilets, clothes washers, showerheads, and aerators. Avoid frequent draining and filling of pools and hot tubs. Defer maintenance jobs at home and work that uses large amounts of water.
   For more information, contact your local water utility.
   Northshore Utility District: (425) 398-4400; Woodinville Water District: (425) 483-9104; City of Bothell Water Division: (425) 486-2768; City of Kirkland: (425) 828-1151; City of Redmond: (425) 556-2845.