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Water Conservation 365
Year-round water conservation, even here in the rainy Pacific Northwest, is important to our region, our community and to your household.  Here’s why:
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  • Using less water keeps money in your pocket. Basic water conservation techniques can save thousands of gallons of water each year.
  • Each year the city establishes individual user’s sewer consumption for the upcoming year by averaging the user’s water consumption during the winter months of December through March.  Employing water conservation techniques, even in the winter months, can provide savings on your sewer costs.
  • Water resources are not an unlimited supply. The city uses 8 wells to draw water from underground aquifers. Water production levels, however, are only at 80% of capacity and continue to decline. Rainfall, even in the amounts we experience, does not immediately or completely recharge aquifers.

Winter-Specific Water Conservation Tips

Drip Your Faucets in Freezing Temperatures

It may seem counter-intuitive to conserving water, but allowing a small drip from your faucet during freezing temperatures can keep your pipes from bursting and water gushing. Place a large pot or container to catch the drips and use it to make your morning coffee, to water your plants, or however you can to keep it from going to waste.

Winterize Faucets
Prevent outdoor faucets from freezing by wrapping and insulting them.

Insulate Hot Water Pipes
Already cold pipes make moving hot water to your shower and other faucets take that much longer. Wrapping pipes in insulation helps hot water stay hot and also adds an extra layer of protection in the cold winter months.

Use a Shower Bucket
Place a bucket in your shower or bath to catch all that cold water from when you first turn on the faucet. This is a great year-round tip, but is particularly important in winter months.

Know the Location of Your Home’s Shut-off Valve
If a pipe bursts, you will want to turn your water off ASAP. Locate your home’s shut-off valve and let every member of your family know how to turn the water off should a pipe burst.

Check for Leaks
Winter temperature variations that lead to expansion and contraction can be brutal on your pipes. Take time to inspect pipes for leaks after the worst of the season is over.

We Can Help
If you suspect you have a water leak, contact the city’s utility department at 360-342-5002. With upgraded water meters we can detect variations in your usage that may provide helpful information.

For more tips on conserving water every season of the year:  
Water Conservation Brochure.