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 Alliancemembers 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.
Alliance Members agree to support and promote the following activities: