Sun Cove Water Tower

—Meter Board

WATER USE

Sun Cove does not have unlimited water rights, but the rights it does have are above average (119.26 million gallons a year).

At the beginning of every month, the Association staff does a read of each water meter to see how much water was used the previous month.

 

To view your consumption, click HERE.

The Association does not currently have a limit on members' water usage or charge its members for water overage. However, if Sun Cove reaches its cap on water rights, measures must be taken to ensure compliance with the law.

WASHINGTON STATE DEPTARTMENT OF HEALTH WATER USE EFFICIENCY (WUE) EXCERPT:

In 2003, the Washington State Legislature passed Engrossed Second Substitute House Bill 1338, better known as the Municipal Water Law, to address the increasing demand on our state’s water resources. The law established that all municipal water suppliers must use water more efficiently in exchange for water right certainty and flexibility to help them meet future demand. Creating a regulatory WUE program is intended to achieve a consistently high level of stewardship among all municipal water suppliers.

 

Pressure on our state’s water resources comes from many sources, including population growth, instream flows, and business needs. As the potential for developing new sources of water within the state diminishes, the efficient use of water is necessary to meet future demand.

 

Water efficiency is a “proactive approach” to protecting public health.

 

Droughts, climate change, growth demands, and fewer granted water rights all signal the possibility of future long-term water disruptions and temporary interruptions during peak demand due to declining water supplies. The WUE program requires water systems to pay attention to their usage patterns by reporting annually and managing water loss.

Pressure on the state’s limited water supplies is steadily increasing. Water systems using their water efficiently allow growth in their communities and water for other environmental uses. The efficient use of water helps ensure reliable water supplies are available for your customers.

For most water systems, conserved water can be the least costly source for new supply. Water system managers have to balance operation and growth costs with customer revenue when making decisions on the future of their water system. The WUE requirements involve the customers and the public in the decision-making process through the goal setting public forum. This input helps water system owners and managers make smart choices about how to use water efficiently.