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Stage 3 Water Alert Issued for Gales Addition, Mt. Angeles, and Monroe Water Systems
PUD #1 of Clallam County (PUD) is asking water utility customers in the Gales Addition, Mt. Angeles and Monroe Water Systems to begin mandatory outdoor water restrictions. This is a Stage 3 Response from the District’s Drought Response Plan.
These affected PUD water systems rely on purchased water supplied from the City of Port Angeles. The City has declared a Stage III Water Shortage, which prohibits or limits non-essential water use. The PUD is coordinating its drought response with the City of Port Angeles, as both utilities rely on the Elwha River as their water source.
The objective of the Stage 3 plan is to encourage customers to conserve water wherever possible and reduce water consumption. Effective immediately, the following non-essential water uses are prohibited within the above referenced water systems:
1. Washing sidewalks, walkways, driveways, parking lots, patios, and other exterior paved areas by direct hosing, except as may be necessary to prevent or eliminate materials dangerous to public health and safety.
2. Escape of water through breaks or leaks within the customer’s plumbing or private distribution system for any period of time beyond which such break or leak should reasonably have been discovered and corrected. It shall be presumed that a period of 48 hours after the customer discovers a leak or break, or receives notice from the City of such leak or break, whichever occurs first, is a reasonable time in which to correct the same.
3. Non-commercial washing of privately owned motor vehicles, trailers, and boats, except from a bucket or hose using a shutoff nozzle for quick rinses.
4. Lawn sprinkling and irrigation which allows water to run off or overspray the lawn area. Every customer is deemed to have knowledge of and control over his or her lawn sprinkling and irrigation at all times.
5. Sprinkling and irrigation of lawns, ground cover, or other plants, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. or an ODD – EVEN rotation schedule. This means property addresses ending in odd numbers are permitted to sprinkle on odd numbered days, and property addresses ending in even numbers are permitted to sprinkle on even numbered days.
For a more comprehensive list of actions to save water or to access more information on water conservation go to www.wateruseitwisely.com.
The Status of Other PUD Water Systems:
A Stage 4 Drought Response has been issued for the Island View Water System. A Stage 3 Drought Response has been issued for the Clallam Bay/Sekiu Water System. A Stage 2 Drought Response has been issued for the Upper Fairview Water System.