“Seattle Public Utilities, Tacoma Water, and the cities of Everett and Bellevue called for voluntary reductions in water use on Tuesday.
They asked residents and businesses to reduce their water usage by 10 percent due to the ongoing drought conditions.
In May, Governor Jay Inslee issued a statewide drought emergency after the mountain snowpack fell to historic lows.
‘The outdoor water use is of course the biggest. So anything folks can do to reduce their water use is great,’ said Seattle Conservation Planner Kelly O’Rourke.
The Seattle water supply also serves Bellevue, Kirkland, Issaquah, Redmond, Tukwila, Sammamish and Skyway.
The Cascade Water Alliance said the voluntary reductions would maximize the existing water supply. The next step is mandatory reductions if the water supply conditions don’t improve.
Mandatory reductions haven’t been implemented for more than two decades,” quoting KING-5 TV News in Seattle.