During the peak of the summer season, from June through September, Camas water utility customers use nearly 8 million gallons of water per day – almost three times the typical amount of water used during the rest of the year. The difference highlights the significant amount of water being used for outdoor applications, and the need to proactively manage the city’s water resources.
The City of Camas is implementing a Stage 3 voluntary Odd/Even Watering (irrigation) Program for all residential, commercial and public customers. The program will remain in effect through September 30:
• Water customers with addresses ending in an odd number may water/irrigate outdoors on odd numbered days of the month
• Water customers with addresses ending in an even number may water/irrigate outdoors on even numbered days of the month
• Exceptions are granted for vegetable gardens, newly planted lawns, and potted or hanging plants. These may be watered as needed to prevent damage and protect your investment. Best practices to use the water efficiently is always encouraged.
“An odd/even water management program is simple in its application, can save millions of gallons of water, and is essential to maintain safe levels of water in the city’s reservoir tanks,” said Public Works Director Steve Wall.
Water resources are not an unlimited supply; on days when temperatures soar, local water demand puts a greater strain on our ability to produce and deliver water. The city uses ten well to draw water from the Troutdale and Sand & Gravel underground aquifers. The aquifers are a natural resource, used regionally for a growing population. Their storage capacity can vary from season to season and from year to year. Rainfall, even in the amounts we experience here in the great Pacific Northwest, does not immediately or completely recharge the aquifer.
Water management is a growing concern throughout the state. While conservation efforts are important year-round, the impacts of rising summer temperatures and the resulting water demand, makes summertime water conservation efforts that much more important.
There are many ways to conserve water both in and outside your home or business. Participating in the Odd/Even Watering Program and using other simple conservation techniques can cut your summer water usage appreciably and every little bit helps, both in your pocketbook and in your community. The city’s Water Conservation website page at www.ci.camas.wa.us/pwwater contains links to some of the best conservation resources and tips. We encourage you take a look, implement ways you and your family can conserve water, and make it regular part of your household activities.
Sam Adams, Utilities Manager