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On November 7, 2022 the City of North Bend exited Stages 1 and 2 of its Water Conservation Ordinance (WCO) for the remainder of the 2022 calendar year. With recent rainfall events, the Snoqualmie River is flowing well, and it is likely to continue to flow above minimum in-stream flows for the remainder of November and December.
This was the third year for the City’s WCO, with Stage 1 beginning each year on August 15. Once the dry heat arrived this summer in Western Washington, the Snoqualmie Valley experienced record-setting weather conditions with the driest summer on record since 1930 and the warmest since the 1890s. Stage 2 of the WCO was triggered on October 20, 2022. Stage 3 was not triggered in 2022. The preceding winter had higher-than-usual snowpack. Otherwise, the river levels would have been lower this past summer and fall.
The City thanks residents for their continued water conservation efforts. Stage 1 of the WCO is scheduled to begin again on August 15, 2023.
The City encourages everyone to continue to learn about water conservation, and use indoor water-wise habits throughout the year. 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.