The City of Spokane is encouraging residents to “Slow the Flow” of water and promote water stewardship.
Protecting and preserving our water resources is a long-term goal of the City and is part of our sustainability efforts. The City's Water Department also must meet water conservation goals as part of state and federal requirements. Reducing summertime water usage is of particular importance.
Using less water also translates into savings on citizens' utility bills. Water customers pay both a monthly base fee for water as well as a water consumption rate tied to the amount of water they use.
Using water wisely does not mean you have to sacrifice a green lawn or take a shorter shower. You can become a personal water steward by taking simple steps to reduce your outdoor water usage:
WSU-Spokane County Extension and Master Gardeners:
Links to water-wise techniques and garden, lawn and landscaping information, including drought-resistant plant ideas.
The Simple Rain Gauge: Your most important watering tool:
Summary of the use of rain gauges for not only rain measurement but for measuring sprinkler output.
Spokane Smart Scape:
Save water in your yard by learning about and implementing low water use landscaping.
Spokane Conservation District: Water Resources:
Find technical assistance and information about both water quality and quantity projects to protect, enhance, and maintain water resources in Spokane County.
Spokane County Water Resources:
Lots of great links to information about area-wide water.
Spokane Aquifer Joint Board (SAJB):
A collaborative effort to protect the public water supply, the SAJB helps develop and implement public water supply programs such as wellhead protection, conservation and protection of associated water rights. Also, check out the Aqua Duck coloring and comic books.
Automatic Irrigation FAQs (landscaping.about.com):
Helpful answers to common questions about automatic irrigation systems.
Video: The Groundwater Story:
A fun and informative musical cartoon video for kids and adults which teaches about the importance of groundwater.
Spokane Valley – Rathdrum Prairie Hydrologic Study:
For those interested in the science of the Spokane Valley-Rathdrum Prairie.