Several Washington State Cities Ask Residents and Businesses to Voluntarily Reduce Daily Water Use

Several Washington State Cities Ask Residents and Businesses to Voluntarily Reduce Daily Water UseLonger than usual hot and dry spells are making the otherwise rainy cities in Washington State take steps to ask their residents to reduce their water consumptions.

On Tuesday Seattle, Tacoma, Everett and Bellevue water districts asked the residents along with the businesses to voluntarily cut down their water use by ten percent which is a part of their conservation plan as there could be a water shortage if the fall rains miss their timing.

In case the water conditions worsen, the cities will individually decide if they need to impose a mandatory phase which requires customers to cut back on the daily water use the amount.

Seattle Public Utilities' director of water supply planning, Alex Chen, said that it is still too early to decide whether the region will require starting the compulsory reductions in water usage or not. He said that, officials monitor the regions reservoirs as well as the rivers regularly and use models to settle on issues like how much water conservation is required.

He said, "It's been a pretty unusual summer here with record hot temperatures in June and July and record dry conditions in May, June and July. If we continue to have the unusually hot and dry conditions, we'll have to go to stage
3."

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