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Water Shortage Contingency Plan

The City of Kirkland’s Water Shortage Contingency Plan addresses how the City responds to different stages of water shortages including  notification to City customers should the need arise to reduce water demand.

Thank you for your conservation efforts with water curtailment.  The heavy rains we experienced in October/November have returned the reservoir levels back to normal, and we are no longer in an advisory stage. 

UPDATE: Nov. 23, 2015, Cascade Water Alliance announces Regional Water Supply Conditions Back to Normal, Cascade Deactivates Water Shortage Response Plans (News Release)links to external site

UPDATE: Nov. 10, 2015, Cascade Water Alliance announces Regional Water Supply Conditions Improve (News Release)links to external site

UPDATESept. 8, 2015, Cascade Water Alliance announces residents and businesses cut water use by 14 percent in four weeks (News Release)

Stages of Water Curtailment Graphic Voluntary

UPDATE: Sept. 8, 2015: City and King County partner for use of reclaimed water (News Release)

August 26, 2015: Cascade Water Alliance announces 10% reduction goal met; curtailment still urged (News Release)

August 11, 2015:
In compliance with the City’s Water Shortage Contingency Plan, Kirkland, in conjunction with the Cascade Water Alliance, and Seattle Public Utilities are entering the Wa
ter Shortage Voluntary Stage as of Tuesday, August 11, 2015.  Kirkland residents and businesses are encouraged to  reduce their water  consumption by 10 percent.   The following graph shows the total consumption distributed through the City of Kirkland's water system and will be updated regularly. 

Water Usage Graph showing consumption beginning in May 2015.

Please refer to the “Top Tips” for water consumption for homes and businesses (PDF)

Water Service Area MapNOTE:  Not all City residents, businesses, and other users are served by the City’s water utility. Refer to the Service Area Map.(JPG)

Consistent with Seattle Public Utilities, Cascade Water Alliance and other water utility providers, the four stages of the City’s Water Shortage Plan include: 


Under this advisory stage, purveyors notify customers that a potential water supply problem exists and that there may be a need to take future steps should the water supply situation deteriorate.


This stage occurs if water supply conditions deteriorate.  During this stage, customers are asked to reduce water use with specific actions suggested to meet target consumption goals.


If the voluntary stage does not achieve the needed reduction or conditions worsen, the third stage, called “mandatory,” occurs.  This stage mandates specific water reduction measures and is accompanied by an enforcement plan.


The fourth stage, called “emergency curtailment,” would be used in circumstances of a severe, persistent drought or water system emergency that requires immediate and/or more stringent consumption restrictions.


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