Kristen Zimmer

Do Your Part for Drought Response

Kristen Zimmer, Conservation Program Manager, 509.625.7800

Monday, July 24, 2023 at 2:39 p.m.

Do Your Part for Drought Response

Updated 07/25/2023

Summer is the time of year when Spokane River flows are at their lowest and it is essential to prioritize responsible water usage to protect the Spokane River and Spokane Valley-Rathdrum Prairie Aquifer. With this commitment in mind, City Council approved the Drought Response Measures Ordinance in 2022 to safeguard the region's valuable water resources during periods of drought.

The ordinance is in effect for all City of Spokane water customers, including residential, commercial, and multi-family properties. However, some exemptions are allowed for certain purposes like watering trees, newly planted landscapes, vegetable gardens, and to mitigate wildfire risk.

During Level 1 of the ordinance, which is active every year from June 1st to October 1st, outdoor watering is prohibited between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Watering is limited to no more than 4 days within a week, and it is suggested to water on an Odd/Even schedule. The use of water for cleaning hardscapes like sidewalks, driveways, decks, and patios is also recommended to be avoided during this level.

Drought Level 1

Level 1: Every summer starting June 1st – Oct. 1st

  • No outdoor watering between the hours of 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Limit watering to no more than 4 days within a week.

Level 2 response measures are triggered when the Spokane River's flow rate drops below 1,000 CFS (cubic feet per second). The City shall implement the following conservation measures:

Drought Level 2

Level 2: When the Spokane River is below 1,000 CFS (cubic feet per second)

  • No outdoor watering between the hours of 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Limit watering to no more than 2 days per week.
  • No more than a total of 2 hours of watering per day.
  • No using water to clean hardscapes such as sidewalks, driveways, decks and patios.

We understand that adhering to these watering restrictions may require adjustments in daily routines. However, by collectively embracing responsible water management, we can make a significant impact in preserving our environment and sustaining our natural resources for the future.

Stay Informed

As we navigate through the summer season, the City of Spokane will closely monitor the water situation and keep you informed about any changes in the watering restrictions. Please keep an eye on our official webpage for updates and additional water conservation tips.

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