While Chelan County PUD is primarily an electric utility, the District also supplies domestic water to 5,000 customers in rural Wenatchee, Squilchuck/Wenatchee Heights, Dryden, Ollala Canyon and Chelan Ridge. Geography, diverse terrain, low population density and strict regulations make these water systems expensive to operate. Many water customers have no access to irrigation water and use domestic water for irrigating their landscaping.
Rates are based on a conservation formula. The more water you use, the more it costs. So it pays to save.
To help customers reduce their water bills and extend water resources, Chelan County PUD encourages indoor and outdoor water conservation and the use of Xeriscape™ landscaping. Xeriscape promotes creative approaches to water-conserving landscapes by helping people improve their soils, plant drought-tolerant flowers and shrubs, and use efficient irrigation techniques. In the western United States, more than 50 percent of the residential water used goes on landscapes and lawns. Xeriscape can reduce landscape water use by 60 percent or more.
™ Xeriscape is a registered trademark of Denver Water, Denver, Colo., and is used here with permission.