Water is one of the most valuable and important resources to many businesses and property owners throughout the state of Washington. Recently, water has become even more valuable considering Governor Jay Inslee officially declared a statewide drought emergency1 back in May 2015. Streams and rivers have reached historically low levels and the large majority of the state is being affected by the lack of snowpack, high temperatures, and wildfires. As a result, people and wildlife alike are suffering from the water shortage.
To help conserve water, the Tacoma government—along with Seattle and Everett—has advised residents and businesses of ways to reduce water usage, including:
- Limiting time in the shower
- Not washing partial loads of clothes
- Fix hose, toilet, or faucet leaks
- Significantly reduce lawn and plant watering
They have a website2 with more information regarding the drought, along with a graph showing the percentage of water conservation that is occurring in the area. As of this time, residents had reduced water use by 10 percent. Though a drought was officially declared, the water conservation is still considered to be voluntary with no mandatory restrictions in place. However, if the drought continues, Washington residents could face restrictions and legal penalties for violating these restrictions, much like the current situation in California.
If you have any questions regarding water laws, restrictions, or provisions in light of the drought, do not hesitate to consult with an environmental attorney today.
Discuss your situation with our Tacoma environmental law lawyers as soon as possible
At the Dickson Frohlich Phillips Burgess, our Tacoma environmental law lawyers understand how valuable water is to landowners and companies throughout the state, especially in the face of a severe drought. Not having access to water can put your business and livelihood in jeopardy but noncompliance with water laws and water usage restrictions may lead to legal penalties. ask tiava We will work to devise solutions for you that protect your rights while ensuring compliance. Please call our office today at 253-572-1000 to schedule your consultation.