People in Northwestern Washington are often seen as leaders on conservation issues. We live in a spectacular part of the county and we do what we can to ensure it stays that way. Although the Northwest is known for its abundant rainfall, managing our water resources and infrastructure is critical to the safety and health of our community.
- When washing dishes by hand, don’t let the water run while rinsing. Fill one sink with wash water and the other with rinse water.
- Some refrigerators, air conditioners and ice-makers are cooled with wasted flows of water. Consider upgrading with air-cooled appliances for significant water savings.
- Adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk or street.
Water Conservation Facts:- By the Numbers
- 2.5 gallons: The amount of water per person much of the world is allocated.
- 400 gallons: The amount of water per person used by the average American citizen; 30 percent of this is used for outdoor purposes, such as watering the lawn.
- 70 percent: The amount of worldwide water use that is allocated to farming. Most of these farming irrigation systems operate at only 40 percent efficiency. According to a 2002 article by Lester Brown, aquifers are depleting all over the world. In China, they're going down by 2-3 meters per year. In the US, the Ogallala aquifer is shrinking rapidly. In India, aquifers are going down by 3 meters per year, and in Mexico by 3.3 meters per year.
- Small drips or leaks around your home can be big water wasters. A pinhole sized leak can waste as much as 70 gallons a day. That adds up to more than 25,000 gallons a year.
Need to talk to someone as soon as possible? In the event of an emergency, please call Public Works directly at 426-9731 to report the incident. After-hours, you can report emergency or urgent situations to (360) 426-4441. Examples of emergency or urgent situations include: serious water leaks, fallen trees in the roadway, sewage backing up into a household or business, water across the roadway or flooding buildings, hazardous material spills on the roadways, dangerous city street roadway conditions, such as sinkholes and potholes.
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