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On November 1, 2021, the City of North Bend exited its Water Conservation Ordinance (WCO) Stage 1 for the 2021 calendar year. Following recent rainfall events, the Snoqualmie River is flowing well and is anticipated to continue to flow above minimum in-stream flows during November and December.
This was the second year for the City’s WCO, with Stage 1 beginning each year on August 15th. Although this summer started off with record heat and dry conditions, WCO Stages 2 and 3 were not triggered. The City thanks residents for their conservation efforts this summer and encourages everyone to use indoor water-wise habits throughout the year.
The City continues making good progress on its Water Distribution System Leak Reduction Program, which increases water conservation in the Upper Snoqualmie Valley. This summer a leak study was conducted that identified approximately 35 minor water system leaks. We are pleased to report that all leaks were repaired. This leak reduction is anticipated to decrease the distribution system leakage by 5-10% when 2022-2023 water consumption is compared to 2021-2022 consumption.
The City is also in the process of replacing aging water meters throughout its service area, which reduces unaccounted water in the system. In the first two years of the replacement program, 204 water meters were replaced. Thus far in 2021, 205 meters have been replaced. The remaining 1,500 meter replacements will occur in 2022 and 2023 before the program wraps up.
The City also recently completed the Hobo Springs Expansion project with approval from Seattle Public Utilities. This expanded mitigation system at Hobo Springs provides additional supply of cold, clean spring water, resulting in a more resilient and robust mitigation system that keeps the City in compliance with its Centennial Well Water Right and protects the health of the Snoqualmie River.
For additional information, tools and tips to conserve water around your home, including valuable rebates for replacing aging plumbing fixtures and appliances included with the City’s membership in the Saving Water Partnership, visit the City website Water Conservation page.