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On December 6, 2023 the City of North Bend exited Stage 1 of its Water Conservation Ordinance (WCO) for the remainder of the 2023 calendar year. With recent rainfall events and the anticipation of additional rain expected through the weekend of December 9, the Snoqualmie River is likely to continue at above minimum in-stream flows for the remainder of the year.
This was the fourth year for the City’s WCO, with Stage 1 beginning August 8. This year was an especially hot and dry spring for our watershed, and it was followed by a drought summer. Stage 2 of the WCO was triggered on August 22. Stage 3 was triggered on September 5.
The preceding winter was a relatively average year for snowpack, peaking at 60” (Snow Water Equivalent) on April 23. Due to unprecedented warm temperatures in May, the snowpack completely melted by June 12. Streamflows are slowly but continually increasing with the recent rain.
The City thanks residents for their continued water conservation efforts.
Stage 1 of the WCO is anticipated to begin again on August 15, 2024. 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.