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Yelm Council vote’s summer H2O restrictions today-why?
when they boast more-than-doubling their water rights

On tonight’s Yelm City Council Agenda:

Recommendation
Adopt Resolution Number 539 restricting the use of water for irrigation pursuant to Section 13.04.97 Yelm Municipal Code and establishing policies and procedures for the implementation of water conservation measures in 2013.

Background
The City Council adopted a water conservation program in 2010 that established a water budget for each water customer with an irrigation meter [BECAUSE THE CITY HAD NEARLY REACHED THEIR MAXIMUM WATER ALLOCATION]. The budget was based on the amount of water according to the Washington Irrigation Guide needed to maintain healthy and productive landscaping, or the customers use in 2009, whichever was less.

This program was anticipated to reduce irrigation usage in half. The program was highly successful and water customers saved almost 50 million gallons of water since 2010. These water savings, along with residential water conservation, helped to realize the Citys conservation goals and extend the life of existing water system infrastructure.

The Council continued the program in 2011 and 2012.
Budget (cf) Actual Usage (cf)
2009 N/A 2,992,847
2010 966,394 909,027
2011 1,026,235 753,981
2012 1,132,895 791,635
The proposed 2013 water conservation program is identical to the 2012 program with water budgets established by the Community Development Director based on the criteria originally adopted by Council in 2009. This year, those users whose water budgets were based on 2009 actual.

Editor’s note:
The necessity to have water irrigation cut-backs on businesses no longer exists, because the city’s water allocation more than doubled since last year.
DO OUR YELM CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BUSINESSES CARE –
THEY REMAIN SILENT ON THIS YEAR AFTER YEAR!

Posted by Steve on April 9, 2013 at 6:39 am | Permalink

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