The NVN is reporting today:
“The processing of Yelm building permits is no longer in suspension.
The city received word from the Department of Health about its conservation program and received additional connections to its water system because of it.”
I will get more details and present here as well.
The Olympian reported last Friday,
“Yelm, the countys fourth-largest city, issued fewer single-family building permits than a year ago, but the city still is on pace for 75 housing starts this year, Community Development Director Grant Beck said… Although 10 were issued in the January through March period, 12 have been issued this month, Beck said.”
Funny that Beck failed to mention to The Olympian that the City of Yelm over-pumped their Ecology allocation in 2009 by almost almost 14 afy (acre feet per year).
The city’s Staff Report says conservation will save 35 acre feet per year, enough to supply 144 homes.
YOU CAN DO THE MATH:
With 75 new housing starts in 2010 times 3.5 afy used on average per home, that equals a new demand for water on the city’s water system of 262.50 afy in 2010. Of course, this amount does not include previously approved 2009 building permits that will be connected in 2010.
So, 35 afy is not going to be enough for Yelm to get within its allocation by adding 75 new homes in 2010, even with mandatory irrigation conservation!
Why is the city accepting building permit applications when sufficient water to support new applicants does not currently exist?