Water Shortage Response Plan

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Voluntary water use reduction

We are asking customers to reduce their water use.

Seattle, Tacoma, and Everett collectively reduced water use by 14% since asking customers to help.

Top water-saving tips

  • Stop watering — If you haven’t already, now is the time. As temperatures cool and days get shorter, lawns and plants enter the initial phase of dormancy when no water is needed.
  • Weed and mulch — Add 2-3 inches of mulch to the soil surface.
  • Reduce showering time — Save 2.5 gallons of water every minute less you spend in the shower.
  • Fix leaks — Fix obvious leaks such as at faucets, hose bibs, and sprinkler spray heads. Check for less obvious leaks such as silent toilet leaks.
  • Wash full loads — Wait until your clothes washer and dishwasher are full before starting.
  • Turn off the tap while brushing teeth or shaving — Save up to 7 gallons per day per person when you turn off the faucet.
  • Don’t pre-rinse dishes — Don’t pre-rinse dishes unless heavily soiled. Most new dishwashers don’t require pre-rinsing.
  • If purchasing fixtures or equipment, choose water-efficient models — Look for water-efficient models of toilets, clothes washers, dishwashers, showerheads, and faucets.

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The Saving Water Partnership is a group of local water utilities in Seattle and King County working together to help customers save water and money. This website is also temporarily being used to support the Everett and Tacoma regional water systems.


Saving water helps salmon

See salmon in local streams this fall. We’re partnering with Salmon SEEson because saving water keeps water in the rivers for salmon, people, and wildlife. View sighting dates and locations.

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Stages of Water Shortage Contingency Plan


Fall Savvy Gardener Classes


Free classes hosted by SWP partner utilities and nurseries teach you how to build healthy landscapes while using water wisely.

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Partner contact information