Mayor and council call on citizens to take action to reduce water consumption
Mayor and council president call on citizens to take action to reduce water consumption
Kirstin Davis, Director of Communications, 509.625.7773
Thursday, May 27, 2021 at 2:50 p.m.
As the Washington State Department of Ecology issues a drought advisory for much of the state, including the Spokane area, Mayor Nadine Woodward and Council Chairman Breean Beggs are calling on citizens to join them in water conservation efforts this summer.
“As a community, we need to use water wisely, especially under current conditions,” said Mayor Woodward. “We are asking citizens to use strategies that allow them to maintain their lawns and landscaping, while using less water and keeping their summer watering bills more affordable.
“Summer irrigation boosts water consumption in our city every year. We need to make changes now to help our river and aquifer this year and into the future, ”said Board Chairman Beggs.
Even before the state’s drought advisory was released, the mayor and council had been working to promote water-saving measures. They worked on public education ideas that encourage citizens and businesses to voluntarily adopt a every other day, “even / odd” watering program to help protect water resources, maintain affordable water prices, support healthy landscaping, and reduce the need for costly water system expansion over time. It also reduces the overall daily water demand.
The city’s parks department has volunteered to serve as an example this summer of how an odd / even watering schedule can be accomplished, while still creating beautiful spaces.
Making choices that reduce water use will help Spokane residents pay their monthly bills. Last fall, the City approved changes to the rates it charges for water use, rewarding customers for lower water use and encouraging customers to limit their use to about 18,700 gallons per month.
The City has created a new water calculator to inform customers of the impact of the changes on them. Each customer can enter their utility account number and address. The calculator will provide an overview of each customer’s historical usage and calculate the difference the customer would pay under the new rates. Customers can keep their bills more affordable by reducing their water use.
Here are some other good water-saving practices that businesses and residents can adopt:
- Water your landscaping between 6 p.m. and 10 a.m. Some experts estimate that 50 percent of the water evaporates when watered in the heat of the day. Watering in the morning is considered the best because the water does not stay on the roots overnight, which can cause root rot or fungal disease problems. And, limit the time you spend watering each section of the landscaping to no more than 15 minutes or two hours for your total area.
- Don’t let your hose run. Avoid washing your driveway or other hard surfaces and limit washing your car. Running a 5/8 inch hose for 30 minutes wastes up to 150 gallons of water.
- Do not water on windy days and turn off your sprinklers when it rains.
Residents can also embark on the road to saving water outdoors by taking advantage of discounts and credits offered by the City for Smart Irrigation Controllers, Efficient Nozzles and the Turf Replacement Program. SpokaneScape. Here is information about these programs.
Protecting and preserving our water resources is a long-term objective of the City. The city’s water utility must meet water conservation goals as part of state and federal requirements.
For more water tips and information, visit WaterWiseSpokane.org.