A growing population, agriculture, industry, and the importance of conserving water for fish have placed an increasing demand on Washington state’s water resources. To help meet these growing needs, the Washington State Legislature passed the Municipal Water Supply - Efficiency Requirements Act of 2003, better known as the Municipal Water Law. The law gives municipal water suppliers certain benefits and obligations. One of the obligations is to comply with the water use efficiency rule.
The water use efficiency rule affects all municipal water suppliers, which includes community water systems with 15 or more residential connections and some non-community water systems that use water in a residential manner (RCW 90.03.015). Chelan County PUD provides water to some 5,000 customers in rural Wenatchee, Ollala Canyon, Dryden, Chelan Ridge and Chelan Falls.
Key elements of the Water Use Efficiency Rule are:
Detailed information on these requirements is available on the Washington State Department of Health website.
Chelan County PUD adopted water use efficiency goals for its Wenatchee area water system in 2007 and for the Ollala Canyon, Dryden, Chelan Ridge and Chelan Falls water systems in 2008. Progress on meeting those goals will be reported annually to customers through published Consumer Confidence Reports.