Effective November 7, 2023, North Bend has reduced the level of its Water Conservation Ordinance (WCO) from the heightened Stage 3 back to the initial Stage 1 status.
The WCO has been at Stage 3 from September 5 to November 6, 2023. The city extends its gratitude to residents for diligently cutting back on water use since the enforcement of Stage 1, which began on August 8, 2023.
This year presented a particularly challenging season with an unusually hot and dry spring affecting our local water sources, leading into a summer marked by drought conditions. Although river levels are still below normal for this time of year, recent rainfall has helped to replenish the wetlands, streams, and rivers within the watersheds of the Snoqualmie and Skykomish Rivers. It is a requirement for the city to track the water flow from the Skykomish River watershed, as mandated by the Department of Ecology.
Given the current weather predictions, the city expects to lift the WCO completely by November 17, 2023. Officials will keep monitoring the health of our watershed and will keep the community informed of any developments.
For details on what Stage 1 of the WCO involves and how to continue conserving water, residents are encouraged to visit the city’s Water Conservation webpage. For the latest updates on this and other local issues, community members can subscribe to “Notify Me,” the city’s complimentary online notification service.