Due to low flows in the Elwha River, which influences the amount of water available to the City’s water system, a Stage II Water Shortage has been declared by the City of Port Angeles. This means that immediate voluntary reductions in water consumption are encouraged. Some recommended voluntary conservation actions include:
- Install low-flow shower heads and faucets that are available free upon request from City Hall.
- Reduce frequency and volume of lawn watering and limit it to early morning or evenings.
- Collect a rebate for installing water-efficient toilets, rain barrels, watering timers, and soil moisture meters.
- Reduce car washing frequency.
- Operate automatic dishwashers/clothes washers only when full.
- Think about other ways to conserve water.
The City’s Water Shortage Response Ordinance as set out in PAMC 13.46 has five stages, summarized below.
|Stage||Water Shortage Condition||Action||Declaration By|
|I||Anticipated||Internal Preparations||City Manager|
|II||Serious||Voluntary Conservation||City Manager|
|III||Critical||Limited Outdoor Restrictions||City Council|
|IV||Emergency||Mandatory Outdoor Restrictions and Indoor Conservation||City Council |
|V||Regional Disaster or Infrastructure Failure||Water Rationing||City Council |
For more information on water conservation, please contact the Public Works & Utilities Department at (360) 417-4715 or visit the City’s water conservation web page: https://www.cityofpa.us/807/Water-Conservation.