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August 4, 2017: City of Battle Ground Declares Stage II Water Alert and Calls for Immediate Conservation Efforts
The effects of this unusually hot weather and related water consumption has triggered a Stage II Water Shortage Declaration in the city of Battle Ground. City residents are encouraged to increase water conservation efforts to ensure that water reserves continue to meet personal consumption and emergency response needs.
With the declaration, the city is immediately instituting a voluntary odd/even residential, commercial, industrial, and government alternate day irrigation program. Customers with a street address ending in an even number are asked to water only on even numbered days and those with street address ending in an odd number area asked to water only on odd number days. The city will restrict water use as well, with a reduction in the use of designated park and facility irrigation systems.
The Stage II Water Shortage Declaration and alternate day irrigation program will remain in effect until further notice.
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:
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.
ummer-Specific Water Conservation Tips
Water consumption in Battle Ground increases dramatically with hot summer weather. With our water system under pressure to keep up with the demand, conservation is a necessary element of our plan. Participate in conservation efforts by implementing the following recommended immediate, short-term, and long-term water saving tips.
Avoid watering in the heat of the day or when it is windy.
Do not over water your lawn. Water in short, repeated intervals for best absorption. Only water every three days in the summer and 10-14 days in the winter.
Make sure your sprinkler is watering your lawn and plants only, not the driveway, sidewalk, and street.
Only run the dishwasher and clothes washer when they are fully loaded.
Water the lawn early in the morning or in the evening when evaporation is less likely to occur.
Place a two-to four-inch layer of mulch around plants and trees to avoid excess evaporation.
Repair dripping faucets and leaky toilets. Dripping faucets can waste about 2,000 gallons of water each year. Leaky toilets can waste as much as 200 gallons each day.
Consider native plants in your landscaping. They require less care and many do not require supplemental watering once they are established. Check with your local nursery for native plant species.
Install a trickle or drip irrigation system for a slow, steady supply of water to the plant roots.
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.
Prevent outdoor faucets from freezing by wrapping and insulating 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 additional information view the
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