Northwest NEWS

November 4, 2002

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Lack of rainfall leads to water supply advisory

  On Oct. 31 Seattle Public Utilities activated their Water Shortage Contingency Plan and notified all 26 water districts and cities throughout King County they supply water to. Woodinville Water District, Northshore Utility District and the City of Bothell Water Utility all purchase water from the City of Seattle and have also activated their respective Water Shortage Contingency Plans (WSCP).
   In cooperation with Seattle Public Utilities, local districts are currently in the Advisory Stage of their WSCP, which is designed to provide early information to customers on water supply conditions.
   Seattle Public Utilities Director, Chuck Clarke stated, "We are not asking for specific actions at this time, just that customers continue their excellent, ongoing conservation practices."
   Water consumption in the Seattle supply region is five million gallons per day less than during the same period in the late 1990s, despite population growth. The water system is being managed carefully to operate as efficiently as possible until the rain returns.
   Should the dry conditions persist, citizens may be asked to voluntarily reduce consumption, but area districts are not asking for any specific actions at this time.
   Contact your local water utility if you have questions, concerns, or would like more information on ways to conserve.
   Woodinville Water District: 487-4102,
   Northshore Utility District - (425) 398-4419,
   City of Bothell Water Division - 488-0118,