- Associated Press - Thursday, July 9, 2015

SEATTLE (AP) - Noting higher-than-usual water consumption, hot June temperatures and record-low stream flows into storage reservoirs, Seattle Public Utilities has changed its water supply outlook for the city from good to fair.

Utility Director Ray Hoffman says the city’s water supply is still adequate until fall rains return. However, he’s making some changes to maximize that supply and asking customers to use water wisely.

Hoffman said Wednesday that water use has exceeded expected use by 21 percent since May 1.

The changes include preparing pumps that can help access billions of additional gallons of water at Chester Morse Lake Reservoir in the Cedar River watershed and turning on the city’s well field north of Seattle-Tacoma Airport.

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