Fall Harvest: Water conservation efforts pay off for Blaine, Birch Bay

Published on Thu, Sep 20, 2012 by Emily Resch

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As the 2012 summer season comes to a close, the Birch Bay Water and Sewer District and city of Blaine would like to thank its customers for continuing to practice water conservation. Both the city and the district were able to comfortably and reliably meet customer water demands without taxing the water system or tapping into water reserves this summer. Since 2010, the city and district have saved 41 million gallons in summer usage based on your conservation efforts.

In addition to Blaine and Birch Bay residents practicing water conservation, the three consecutive years of cool, wet summers have contributed to the decline and leveling out of peak day summer demands. A typical Northwest summer is hot and dry with very little precipitation. This type of weather stresses lawns and plant and vegetable gardens. Cooler, wet summers reduce the need for regular watering to keep plants healthy.

Conservation doesn’t end when the leaves begin to change. Autumn in the Pacific Northwest is a great time to get busy in the yard. The cooler weather, increase in rainfall and shorter days allow the Northwest gardener to plant a successful landscape without the extra effort, time or additional use of potable water. Fall planting begins in October and extends through December. 

For more information about water usage trends or conservation practices, contact conservation specialist Emily Resch at waterconservation@bbwsd.com or 371-7100.