Bremerton's water sources depend on rainfall to fill the surface reservoir and to supply groundwater aquifers. Peak day usage in the summer can increase water demands from 30 to 100% which can put a strain on the water system. Reducing outdoor water use will help reduce summer time peaks. Rain barrels are a great way to save water outdoors as is washing your car at a car wash that recycles their water. Using native plants and mulches in your garden can help too.
Bremerton is doing a great job with water efficiency but there's always room to improve. The following water efficiency goals were adopted in December 2006 by the Bremerton City Council:
- Maintain water use per single family household to below 195 gallons per day on a three year average.
- Keep maximum day demand less than twice the average day demand on a three year average.
- Maintain non-revenue water below 8% on a three year average.
Saving water is easy to do. These ideas will save you money as well as save water.
The City of Bremerton is a member of the Partnership for Water Conservation, whose mission is to actively engage the Puget Sound region in conservation efforts generating measurable water savings that support communities, provide long-term economic benefits and protect watersheds by helping to sustain necessary flows in rivers and streams. For more information on how you can conserve water, visit www.wateruseitwisely.cm.
Bremerton is also a member of the national organization, the Alliance for Water Efficiency, www.allianceforwaterefficiency.org and an EPA Water Sense partner, www.epa.gov/watersense.