Our water supply declines every year.
Here's something every resident of Pullman, Moscow and nearby communities should know: Our groundwater supply is declining. No one knows how long it will last. That’s why conserving water should be a top priority for anyone concerned about the future of communities in the Palouse region of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho.
The water levels in the Grande Ronde aquifer dropped by an average of 1.3 feet per year for 50 years or more, although the decline since 2006 has averaged .6 feet per year, according to the 2014 Palouse Ground Water Basin Water Use Report. With the population growing, and alternate supplies of water hard to come by and very expensive, there’s every reason to remain concerned. So please do your part, and encourage our cities, universities and businesses to take leadership on the water issue, too.
Speak up! The City of Moscow is seeking comment on its draft water conservation plan, which includes information on rates and incentives. The deadline is Aug. 7, 2015. Click here for details.
Opinion: WSU should drive smarter water decisions
Do you think leaders on the Palouse should do more to promote water conservation? Let them know.
Dan Bernardo, Acting President, Washington State University
Chuck Staben, President, University of Idaho
Glenn Johnson, Mayor, City of Pullman
Bill Lambert, Mayor, City of Moscow