City Council rejects Councilmember Michael Cathcart’s alternate drought ordinance

Spokane Water

SPOKANE, Wash — On Monday, the Spokane City Council will vote on a drought ordinance that would penalize your for watering outside of specific times.

Councilmember Michael Cathcart tried to put a last minute stop to the rules.

“In fact, I voted against the voluntary version of this a year ago, and I said at the time, we need to pursue an incentive model,” he said.

Cathcart proposed discounts, starting in October,  based on current water usage in comparison to the previous year.  It was rejected in a special session Monday afternoon. Spokane Mayor Nadine Woodward supported Cathcart’s proposal, saying she favors incentives rather than fines.

“Anything we can do that provides a benefit to our city infrastructure, that does benefit from a reduction and water usage, we don’t need as many water towers, and new infrastructure, stuff like that, but that also benefits their pocketbooks,” he said. “It’s a win-win across the board.”

Spokane’s Water Department already offers rebates and incentives.

“We run what’s called the Waterwise challenge every summer, so any residential customer can sign up for it, and their goal is to beat their water use from the prior summer, and so they can credits of $50, $100, and $200,” said Kristin Zimmer, conservation coordinator.

For more information and to sign up for those rebates, click HERE.

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