The City of Cheney will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, beginning at 5:00 p.m. at the Wren Pierson Building to discuss water conservation. Water systems with 1,000 or more connections are required to establish water use efficiency goals in accordance with the Water Use Efficiency Rule for the State of Washington. We wish to hear from the public regarding possible measures the City could employ to help promote conservation throughout the community, with the objective of reducing the overall demand on the city’s potable water supply.
One of the issues to be addressed is the amount of water that an average household uses for drinking, bathing, washing dishes and clothes, etc., in relation to what is an adequate amount of water needed for irrigation. During the summer months of the year when water demand is at its highest, the amount of water used by a typical household increases by nearly 2.8 times above the average water demand during the winter months, yet the consumption of water within the household typically remains constant throughout the year. This indicates that there is a considerable amount of demand during the peak periods of the year that is directly attributable to irrigation and other outdoor uses.
Some of the approaches that could be taken to reduce demand within the household include the use of low-flow fixture devices, whereas the amount of demand for water outside of the home for irrigation could be addressed through education, water conservation schedules, upgrades to irrigation systems (e.g., timers and soil moisture monitors), and/or seasonal rates. The key with respect to rates is to establish a rate structure that provides ample water to meet the basic demand needs within the household and at the same time provide enough water to ensure that no one will have to forego a green yard and a colorful garden.
We want to hear from you, the public, on this matter; and we look forward to seeing you on May 2nd.