- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—The cities of Seattle, Tacoma and Everett are urging careful use of water in response to historically low river levels, record-setting heat and increased water demand in the Puget Sound Region, according to a Tacoma Public Utilities news release.

The release classified the water supply in Everett and Seattle as “fair,” and both cities and Tacoma say they have adequate water for their customers until autumn, when more rainfall is typical.

“[Seattle] is making water system adjustments, and I know Seattle customers will continue to do their part as we plan for more hot and dry weather,” said Mayor Ed Murray in the release. “We want Seattle and the entire region to be in the best possible shape with water supply when the fall rains return.”

Everett supplies water to 80 percent of the homes and businesses in Snohomish County, the release says. Tacoma supplies about 316,000 people in Tacoma and other places around Pierce and King County. Seattle serves 25 other cities and water districts in King County in addition to Seattle.

We had a respite in the 70s, but Seattle’s long, hot summer picks back up this week with highs predicted in the upper 80s by Thursday.

Tuesday’s high should be around 78 with clear skies. The sunshine is expected to continue into next week, reaching 91 by Monday, according to the National Weather Service forecast.

Drought-like conditions in the state have affected the health of Sockeye salmon, wheat, and made the Puget Sound region more susceptible to brush fires, and other hazards.

For tips on how to save water, go to www.savingwater.org.

For tips on maximizing how you water your plants, go to seattle.gov.

Walker Orenstein

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