Thurston County’s water supply comes from both groundwater and surface water. Both are replenished by precipitation. As population increases, water usage has also increased. Concerns have been raised over having adequate water to sustain people — including residential, commercial, and agricultural activities — while retaining adequate amounts of water in streams to protect and preserve instream resources and uses. Using the water we have more efficiently becomes more important as population increases.
What are we measuring?
Water usage (gallons of water per person per day)
Water usage per capita decreased between 2000 and 2010, the last dates for which data are available. While population increased, public supply water usage decreased during this time, as public water suppliers took steps to reduce leakage and promote conservation. The region also increased the use of reclaimed water. Overall water usage increased, as increases were seen across almost all of the other sectors.