Officals urge water conservation
Officials at the city of Blaine and Birch Bay Water and Sewer District report that the recent period of sunny weather is causing storage levels to fall rapidly. With no rain since July 16, demand has exceeded available capacity in the city’s supply system, which supplies water to both the city and the district. During the week ending last Sunday, for example, Birch Bay used a record 10.7 million gallons of water and both the city and district report storage levels have dropped about one-third over the past 10 days. The city and district need to keep water in storage so that large quantities are available to put out fires or deal with loss of supply in an emergency interruption.
With continued hot weather in the forecast, the city and district are asking their customers to be extra thoughtful when using water. Outdoor watering is the cause of most of the overuse during the summer, accounting for about 40 percent of the total used during peak periods. Both the city and the district have adopted water conservation rate structures in which higher levels of water consumption are charged increasing rates. To help manage the water supply and keep your water bills as low as possible, city and district conservation are asking customers to consider the following water conservation tips:
Avoid over-watering your lawn. You only need one inch of water per week – including rainfall – to keep your lawn green. Consider allowing your lawn to go dormant during the summer. It will bounce back with cooler fall weather and more abundant rainfall. If you’re washing your car, use a nozzle and turn the water off when not in use.