Water Use Efficiency

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Every Drop Counts!

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As communities have grown and the demand for safe drinking water has increased, the approach to water conservation has changed. The new emphasis is on using water efficiently before water supplies are diminished to a point where water conservation is required. The City of Wenatchee is committed to ensuring that current and future water needs are met for area citizens. The City’s Water Use Efficiency and Xeriscape brochures provide helpful information on how you can use water more efficiently.

Fix a Leak Week - March 20-26, 2017 is the Environmental Protection Agency's 9th Annual Fix a Leak Week!

  • More than 1 trillion gallons of water are lost annually nationwide due to easy to fix leaks inside and outside American homes.
  • When looking for leaks check in the kitchen, all bathrooms and outdoors.
  • If a leak can't be repaired and the fixture needs to be replaced look for an EPA "Water Sense" labeled model.  Water Sense labeled toilets, faucets and shower heads are independently certified to use at least 20% less water while still meeting EPA's strict performance criteria.

The City of Wenatchee is required to submit an Annual Water Use Efficiency Report to the Washington State Department of Health every year by July 1st.  This report provides information to the state about the amount of water the city purchased from the Regional System for use within our water system, the authorized consumption and the distribution system leakage.

On the demand (customer) side - On September 21, 2016 the city held a pubic forum to establish a water use efficiency goal for customers.  The goal set was to reduce seasonal outdoor water use by an additional 2 to 3% by December 31, 2018.  The city is helping customers achieve this goal and save money by:

  • Providing water use efficiency information at the KPQ Home and Garden Show, on our website, at City Hall and at the Public Services Center 
  • Sending a letter to customers who may have a leak, as indicated by a high water bill
  • Providing a graph on water bills showing the consumption from the current billing cycle in comparison to the same billing cycle from the year before.  It is an easy way to see if the water used has increased or decreased from the year before.  (This graph can be viewed online through online utility payments by logging in under utility payments and selecting to view the usage chart.)

On the supply (City) side - In December 2016 council adopted the city's goal to reduce the distribution system leakage (unaccounted for water) to 10% or less by December 31, 2018.  The city plans to accomplish this goal by:

  • Continuing the leak detection program
  • Requiring a water meter and backflow valve on fire lines and fire hydrants for non-emergency use
  • Record keeping for unmetered uses such as emergency fire fighting and water leaks
  • Calibrating and replacing water meters
  • Conducting water audits

The Distribution System Leakage for 2015 was calculated to be 19.8% and the resulting 3-year average was 14.9%.

Annual Performance Report:



 

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