Water Use Efficiency Program Goals and Measures

As a municipal water supplier, the City of Bellingham complies with state water use efficiency requirements that ensure safe, reliable drinking water supplies far into the future. The goal and measures proposed for the six-year planning period (2020-2025) are below.

**City Council is holding a public hearing to take public comment on the proposed Water Use Efficiency Program for the 2020-2025 period on September 28, 2020 at 7:00 pm, or as soon thereafter as possible during their regular City Council meeting, which will be held remotely. See detailed information about the proposed goal and measures below**

Proposed Goal

  1. Maintain average Peak Day Demand (PDD) between June 1 and August 31 of each year to below 14 mgd during the 2014-2019 program period.

Proposed Measures

The City is proposing the following nine measures in order to achieve its comprehensive water use efficiency goal.

  1. Continue single-family residential rebate program
  2. Continue multi-family residential rebate program
  3. Continue commercial and institutional rebate program
  4. Initiate industrial rebate program
  5. High water use notification program
  6. Create a plan to work with highest summer water users to reduce consumption
  7. Evaluate the option of switching to monthly billing
  8. Adjust water billing rates to promote conservation
  9. Continue community education and engagement programs


The complete 2020-2025 Water Use Efficiency Program report contains more detailed information about the above goals and measures, along with City water consumption and data.

The City’s Water Use Efficiency Annual Report includes information about water production, water loss and progress made toward achieving water saving goals for the year.

City Council adopted Legacies and Strategic Commitments (PDF) promotes water conservation.

More Information

Please contact the Operations Division of the Public Works Department if you would like more information about Water Conservation.