The District’s historical water use more than doubles in the summer, especially on the hot days from June through August. This place extra stress on our water supplies and delivery systems. Here are some tips to reduce your use:
- Lawns ordinarily only need about 1” of rain (including rain) per week. Use a rain gage to make sure that you do not water more than the lawn needs.
- Reduce the size of the lawn by planting water-conserving shrubs and plants, especially in the areas that are difficult to keep green through the whole summer.
- Many of the soils in Birch Bay are sandy and do not retain water well. In that situation, consider allowing your lawn to go dormant, as they do in the state park. The lawn will revive naturally when fall brings cooler weather and increased precipitation.
Recently the District added its first electric vehicle to the fleet, a Mitsubishi Outlander, for Field Operations. This electric vehicle meets State of Washington law in RCW 43.325.005 which is a goal to reduce fossil fuel dependence, build a clean energy economy, and reduce climate impacts.