Water Use

School Conservation Program

Each year the District's Conservation Program Coordinator visits the fourth grade classrooms of Blaine Elementary to educate the students about their drinking water supply and water conservation.  Students learn about groundwater, pollution and water conservation by building their own edible earth parfait out of candy and ice cream.  

Water Awareness Poster Contest

Each year the District and city of Blaine host a Water Awareness Poster Contest for the fourth grade classrooms at Blaine Elementary.  Students are asked to create a poster that relates to the theme of the poster contest and gives one important message about water conservation.

Past Themes:

2008 - Be a Water Hero

High Efficiency Toilets

Residential Water Use by Toilets


Harvesting the Rain

Rain barrels are a form of rainwater harvesting, which is the capture, diversion and storage of rainwater for landscape irrigation.  Rain barrels are a great way to conserve water, save money on your water bill and reduce stormwater run-off.  The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that rain barrels can save up to 1,300 gallons of water over the three month summer peak period.  


Whatcom Water Alliance


Recognizing the growing importance of effective management of precious water resources, cities and waterdistricts in Whatcom County have formed a regional water conservation group, the Whatcom Water Alliance.  The goals of the Alliance are to promote water conservation by coordinating public information efforts and related activities. In 2007, the Washington State Department of Health adopted the Water Use Efficiency Rule, requiring municipal water suppliers to develop more effective water conservation programs.  The new rule views regional collaboration with other utilities as a cost effective approach to water conservation.  Current Alliance members include the cities of Bellingham, Blaine, Everson, Ferndale, Lynden and Sumas as well as Birch Bay Water and Sewer District, Evergreen Water District, Lake Whatcom Water and Sewer District, Point Roberts Water District, Water District #2 and Water District #7. 

Water Wisely Watering Schedule

The District, along with other Cities and Districts in Whatcom County, is implementing a voluntary watering schedule from June 1st through September 15th.  During that time, residents with odd numbered street addresses are being asked to limit watering to Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.  The watering days for even numbered street addresses are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.  The District has designated Mondays as non-watering days to allow reservoir levels to recover after the weekend. 

District Conservation Program

The District has practiced water conservation since 1991 to ensure safe, reliable drinking water supplies to our customers.  As a municipal water supplier, the District must also comply with Washington State Water Use Efficiency Requirements and implement a Water Use Efficiency Conservation Program.

Indoor Water Conservation

Majority of our daily water consumption occurs inside the home.  The average water consumption for a single family home is 69 gallons of water per person per day for cooking and cleaning!  Simple and small changes in your daily water use can amount to large savings over time.  Tips towards a water efficient home are:

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