Shoreline parks reduce water use

Friday, August 21, 2015

From the City of Shoreline

In light of Seattle Public Utilities’ move to the second stage of their water shortage response plan, which is a voluntary reduction, the City of Shoreline has reduced the amount of time its irrigation systems operate in certain parks and facilities. On August 13, reductions of 9% to 15% began in Hamlin, Paramount School, Town Center, Cromwell, Twin Ponds, Boeing Creek, and Richmond Beach Parks, City Hall, and the Richmond Highlands Recreation Center and Park.

On September 1, Parks will review the water needs at each park and facility with the intent of reducing irrigation use by approximately an additional 10%. On September 15, the City will turn off all irrigation systems. For safety reasons, it is possible that we will need to temporarily turn irrigation back on at some of our athletic fields.

Additional browning of turf areas in our parks may occur as a result of the reduced irrigation. Parks staff will develop a system for more area-specific water reductions should the need arise again next year.

This year’s historically hot and dry conditions are impacting Washington State’s stream flows. Precipitation in the state has only been half of normal to date and more than 80 percent of Washington’s rivers and streams are running at below normal or record low flows.

In order to manage water supplies, Tacoma, Seattle, and Everett have moved to the second stage of their water shortage response plans – voluntary reduction. Under voluntary reduction, customers are asked to help by reducing their water use by 10 percent.


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