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.
The Washington State Legislature passed the 2003 Municipal Water Law (MWL) to reform the state’s water laws. It added flexibility in the use of municipal water rights but required municipalities to use water efficiently.
Municipalities must publicly establish water savings goals for their customers, develop a program to support these established goals and yearly evaluate and report the progress towards the goal. This is the demand or customer-side goal.
The municipality must also have a program for the supply or distribution side of the water system. The municipality must achieve a standard of no more than 10% water loss, this is unaccounted for water lost through leaks, stolen water and inaccurate water meters.
Water Use Efficiency Goals
Based on the public input that was received through the outreach efforts in 2018, the Wenatchee City Council adopted a new customer goal to set a residential water use goal of 125 gallons per capita per day by December 31, 2029. The current average daily water use is 135 gallons per capita per day. Th projected savings of this goal is estimated to be 10 gallons per person per day or about 100 million gallons over the course of a year.
The Distribution System Leakage (unaccounted for water) for 2018 was calculated to be 12.7% and the resulting 3-year average was 13.3%. The goal of reaching less than 10% was not met, this will continue being the goal for the City.
Annual Performance Report:
Fix a Leak Week - March 18-24, 2019 was the Environmental Protection Agency's 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.