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Wayne Drop arrives to promote water conservation

Posted: May 13, 2010 4:27:19 AM PDT

Wayne Drop, water conservation mascot, met with local elected officials Wednesday to kick-off and promote the Whatcom Water Alliance regional voluntary watering schedule, which starts June 1, 2010.

The Whatcom Water Alliance, a regional water conservation group composed of all major local water purveyors, works to promote water conservation by coordinating public education and water conservation activities.  Elected officials representing Alliance members gathered at the Whatcom Council of Governments to welcome "Wayne Drop" and promote voluntary watering throughout Whatcom County (photo).

Each summer, all Water Alliance members experience an increase in demand from their water customers.  A voluntary, odd/even watering schedule helps reduce the increased costs associated with peak demand periods and ensures adequate drinking water and fire protection supply. Conditions this past winter, which was warmer and drier than normal, have increased concerns throughout the state about drought and declining water supplies for 2010.

From June 1 to September 15,  the Alliance municipalities request residents with odd-numbered street addresses limit outdoor watering to Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.  Residents with even-numbered street addresses water on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.  Mondays are non-watering days to allow reservoirs to recharge after the weekend. 

Current Alliance members include the cities of Bellingham, Blaine, Everson, Ferndale, Lynden and Sumas as well as Birch Bay Water and Sewer District, Evergreen Water District, Lake Whatcom Water and Sewer District, Point Roberts Water District, Water District #2 and Water District #7.  Elected officials representing Alliance members gathered at the Whatcom Council of Governments to welcome Wayne Drop and promote voluntary watering throughout Whatcom County.

For more information on local and regional water conservation programs, please contact your respective water purveyor.  Water conservation information for the City of Bellingham can be found at http://www.cob.org/services/environment/conservation/index.aspx

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Photograph of Wayne Drop, water conservation mascot, and Alliance representatives.

Media Contacts:
Anitra  Accetturo, Water Conservation Specialist
City of Bellingham – Public Works Operations
360-778-7732
aaccetturo@cob.org

Emily Resch
Water Conservation Specialist
Birch Bay Water and Sewer District
360-371-7100
Emily@bbwsd.com

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