Extreme drought conditions were declared in Thurston County in summer 2015 and climate models predict warmer and dryer summers over the next decades. Using our scarce water resources wisely will ensure that there is sufficient clean water for current and future generations of Thurston County residents, for agricultural needs, and for streams and rivers.
What are we measuring?
Gallons of reclaimed water produced by LOTT Cleanwater Alliance.
Reclaimed water is recycled water: wastewater that has been treated to the highest standards by LOTT so that it can be reused for new purposes. Using reclaimed water where possible reduces demand for surface and ground water, helping to preserve these resources. Sites currently using reclaimed water in Thurston County include Heritage Park, Marathon Park, and the Tumwater Valley Golf Course. Constructing new pipelines will expand the region's capacity to use reclaimed water.
Reclaimed water is one way Thurston County residents, businesses, and utilities use water wisely. Other ways include:
Water utilities identifying and fixing leaking pipes
Educational programs to help businesses and residents learn how to reduce their water use
Rebates for water-efficient toilets and appliances
Free water saving kits, including shower timers, sink aerators, low-flow shower heads, hose repair kits, and watering timers