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Posted on: July 27, 2015

[ARCHIVED] - Use Water Wisely: Voluntary Reduction -

Now’s the time to use water wisely, as the region is asking water users to voluntarily reduce their use by 10 percent.

Cascade Water Alliance (CWA) — which provides some water to Issaquah — announced Aug. 11, 2015, that it is joining the regionwide effort.

Historic low river levels, combined with record-setting hot and dry weather, have significantly increased the demand for water.

Please help the region by continuing to use water wisely to help ensure sufficient supply for people and fish.

Here are some tips:

  • Only wash full loads in your dishwasher and washing machine.
  • Fix leaking faucets and toilets.
  • Take shorter showers.
  • Turn off the water when brushing your teeth, shaving or washing dishes.
  • Take your car to a commercial car wash.
  • Water plants in the early morning or evening to reduce evaporation. Consider allowing your lawn to go dormant. In the Pacific Northwest, lawns can go dormant and turn golden brown, but will come back in the fall.
  • Use a broom to sweep sidewalks and driveways, rather than a hose.
More conservation tips are available online.

While most of Issaquah’s water is produced from four groundwater wells, it also purchases water from CWA, a regional consortium that also includes the cities of Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond, and Tukwila, as well as the Sammamish Plateau and Skyway water and sewer districts.

Currently, CWA purchases water from Seattle Public Utilities (originating in the Tolt and Cedar river watersheds), as well as Tacoma Public Utilities.

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