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New signs encourage voluntary outdoor watering schedule

Posted: June 8, 2011 11:36:17 AM PDT

Ten new signs will appear at major arterial intersections this week encouraging residents to follow the voluntary outdoor watering schedule. The City of Bellingham annually implements a voluntary outdoor watering schedule effective June 1 through September 15 to help reduce the stress on our water supply during the warm, dry summer months. The average daily water consumption often doubles during July and August when outdoor water use is highest.

Residents are asked to limit outdoor watering to the following schedule:
Odd numbered street addresses water only on Wednesdays, Fridays, or Sundays.
Even numbered street addresses water only on Tuesdays, Thursdays, or Saturdays.
No outdoor watering on Mondays in order to allow the water supply to recharge.

Lawn watering and other outdoor water use can account for up to 30% of residential water consumption. If residents choose to water lawns, we remind them that most grasses only need one inch of water per week to stay green.

As a member of the Whatcom Water Alliance, Bellingham joins other municipalities and water utilities in Whatcom County that are implementing conservation measures. The goal of the Whatcom Water Alliance is to improve management of our water resources. Current members include the cities of Bellingham, Blaine, Everson, Ferndale, Lynden, and Sumas, Birch Bay Water and Sewer District, Lake Whatcom Water and Sewer District, Point Roberts Water District, Water District #2 and Water District #7.

For more information, please visit and search for “conservation” or email


Media Contact:
Anitra Accetturo, Water Conservation Specialist
Public Works Department


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